Following the controversial “Swazigate” scandal that has implicated Edzai Kasinauyo, Nation Dube, several current and former ZIFA employees, football analysts have expressed their disappointment over the current tsunami that have hit our beautiful game of football.
Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation’s Sports presenter and analyst, Charles Mabika, did not have much to say, but expressed concern over the reputation of football on the domestic scene as a brand.
“Its so sad. All l can say is if the allegations prove to be true, it tarnishes the credibility and image of Zimbabwean football,” said Mabika.
Sports consultant Maimba Mapuranga clearly started with much concern that match fixing is a reality not only in Zimbabwe but worldwide. ” Match fixing is real in Zimbabwe and internationally, Asiagate and Centralgate are examples. He said as this has become a thorn in the flesh of football business would be culprits should be dealt with ruthlessly.
” The sheer mention of match fixing must dealt with ruthlessly as it sells the very soul of our football and sport in general. Due process must be followed with respect to the current investigations and the natural course of justice be followed so that we can protect the integrity of game,” he concluded.
UK based, LordMoris Kakunguwo, who is also the founder of the iTouch Football, could not stomach his disappointment. He did not mince his words when asked by this publication on how he views the current match fixing allegations.
As an introduction to his long comment, Kakunguwo said that its time to look back from last ZIFA December Elections where a lot of campaigning and disappointments of others due to rules was predominant.
“Benjani was disqualified because of the rules and also Legend Alex Maseko was withdrawn due to his residency in SA. I think these were blessings in disguise for these two former players as we have just read and heard that the new Zifa board member Edzai Kasinauyo has been suspended following allegations of match fixing the coming match with Swaziland,” Kakunguwo said.
“I know there is no smoke without fire but we will wait for the Caf decision,” he continued.
“Was this also involving our national team coach and some of his players? He asked rhetorically.
The UK based coach by profession and practise also challenged former Warriors legends, George Mbwando and Peter Ndlovu who publicly supported Edzai Kasinauyo during the ZIFA election campaign.
” There were those former players who publicly supported Edzai’s bid to be a Zifa board member like George Mbwando and Peter Ndlovu. Did they know his devious operations or they just supported under the pretext of him being the former Warriors player. A lot of questions will be asked as this guy once again drags our football in the mud after the Asiagate scandal,” he fumed.
“Some people will never learn from other people’s mistakes. They said what does not kill you can only make you stronger as President Phillip Chiyangwa deals with his first corrupt official. Did Edzai also fix the Chicken Inn vs Sundowns game and was he paid a lot of money? What could have given him the urge to do this,” he concluded.
Robson Sharuko, Herald sports editor, could not let it go without voicing his concern.
“It’s distressing if not confusing and the way l see it our zim game wasn’t affected although most of the SA based players used in the match fixing ring in SA were Zimboz and these suspects were plotting to do so in the future beginning with our game against Swaziland and that is what angers me if this is all true but time will show us where it really stands and keep reading the herald.
Sportbrief founder, Tongai Mwenje had this to say.
“It’s a sad story to be honest, if it turns to be true that Kasinauyo wanted to sell our Zimbabwean football pride then he would have not only let football legends down but the nation at large.
Dynamos Football Club chairman, Kenny Mubaiwa said, ” Its killing our soccer there must be a heavy mandatory sentence on the culprits to end this worm once and for all.”
Caps United assistant coach Mark Mathe said that if the allegations prove to be true it will tarnish the credibility and image of Zimbabwean football.
Despite almost all the fingers pointing Edzai, it is however against this background that the domestic football fraternity is left with more unanswered questions as to why the Chiyangwa led ZIFA executive has remained mum on the inclusion of Partson Jaure by Kalisto Pasuwa on the provisional traveling pack that will battle it out with Swaziland this coming weekend in an AFCON Qualifier match.
Partson Jaure is jointly implicated with Polokwane City goal keeper, George Chigova.
Would Jaure make it to the final squad and be given a chance on the field of play, he will be under intense pressure not to concede a mistake, as the public’s opinion is already falling on him.