The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) led by Dr Phillip Chiyangwa on Tuesday announced the suspension of Edzayi Kasinauyo over allegations of planning to fix the outcome of the 2017 AFCON qualifier between Swaziland and Zimbabwe at the end of the month.
By Tongai Mwenje
This move could be a payback time for the former Zimbabwe Warriors after it emerged that it was the Warriors coach, Calisto Pasuwa who among the key witnesses in the saga nailed Kasinauyo. Calisto Pasuwa as one of the key witness to the current match fixing scandal implicated Gorowa, Kasinauyo and Nation Dube through an affidavit, a source revealed. In his affidavit, the Warriors coach stated that he refused to be part of the plan hatched by the trio.
Few months ago, it’s alleged that Kasinauyo who is an executive member responsible for technical affairs wanted Pasuwa out following contractual disagreements, between ZIFA and his manager Gibson Mahachi.
The plan did not yield the desired fruits as the two parties went on to settle on a two year deal, purportedly to be one of the most lucrative deals in the history of Zimbabwean football.
According to the rumours, Kasinauyo was pushing for Gorowa to succeed the current Warriors gaffer. Sportbrief was reliably informed that it was Kasinauyo’s voice that led to the ouster of Pasuwa, which did not last for long following a hullabaloo from the football family.
Calisto Pasuwa as a key witness to the current match fixing scandal implicated Gorowa, Kasinauyo and Nation Dube through an affidavit, a source revealed. In his affidavit, the Warriors coach stated that he refused to be part of the plan hatched by the trio.
This according to analysts is a payback time for Kasinauyo who wanted Pasuwa out in the national team’s technical set up. If Pasuwa’s alleged affidavit implicating the former Zimbabwe international is anything to go by, this could prove to be a hard punch for Kasinauyo who might end up in the dust bins of football circles.
SportBrief, has it on good authority that the scam centres around six officials-Kasinauyo, Gorowa, Dube, a former high-ranking ZIFA employee, two current ZIFA employees and a number of Zimbabwean international footballers based in South Africa.
Although the former Moroka Swallows has refuted the allegations,a dossier that contains tapped telephone conversations, emails and sworn affidavits is at the heart of the crackdown which, according to sources, involved the participation of the country’s security organs to trap the suspects.
The Warriors are scheduled to take on Sihlangu in Mbabane on the weekend of March 23-25 before hosting the same side in the reverse fixture four days later in Harare.
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