FORMER Zimbabwe Football Association board member, Edzai Kasinauyo, yesterday appeared in court accused of trying to fix the AFCON match between Zimbabwe and Swaziland that was scheduled for March 25 and 28 this year.
The 49-year-old appeared before Harare magistrate Tendai Mahwe to answer to charges of bribery.
He was remanded out of custody on US$100 bail.
As bail conditions, he was ordered to continue residing at the address given to the court until the matter is finalised and not to interfere with witnesses.
He was also ordered to report once every fortnight on Fridays between 6am and 6pm at CID Serious Frauds.
The State, represented by Sheilla Mhuru, heard that between January and February this year, Kasinauyo along with Henrietta Rushwaya, Ian Gorowa and Nation Dube, were involved in acts of match fixing targeting South African soccer league.
It is alleged Kasinauyo and Leeroy Kundishora Waguta, who turned out to be the whistle blower, then connived with Chan Sankara a well known Asian match fixer as well as the financer.
The court heard that in February this year the accused agreed to fix the AFCON qualifiers match between Swaziland and Zimbabwe which was scheduled for March 25 and 28 in Mbambane and Harare respectively.
It is alleged that they agreed to target and offer bribes to Zimbabwe National soccer team players to lose the game, especially the goalkeeper and any two defenders.
During their meetings they agreed that Zimbabwe was to lose their two matches either by 2-0, or in the event that it scores the players were to ensure that it would lose the match by a 3-1 goal margin.
The court heard that in the event that there were no goals in open play the targeted defenders had an obligation to concede a penalty and later receive a red card.
It is alleged that the targeted players would each receive US$15 000 for the fixing.
With all this planned the court heard that Waguta then alerted Kalisto Pasuwa of this plot to bribe players and fix the matches and promised to furnish him with updates.
They agreed to implement the plan after the announcement of the players but Pasuwa took long to announce the team leading to Kasinauyo being tasked to put pressure on him.
Noticing the delay, Kasinauyo identified Tatenda Makuruva as the probable goalkeeper.
Gorowa is said to have invited Makuruva to South Africa on the pretext that he wanted him for trials while he wanted to lure him for their illicit arrangement.
It is alleged that Mukuruva then informed Pasuwa of the phone call at the same time Waguta was also supplying the coach of the scam.
On the other hand, Kasinauyo was pressuring him to announce the team leading him to inform the ZIFA president Phillip Chiyangwa.
A report was lodged to the police by former ZIFA CEO Jonathan Mashingaidze leading to the arrest of Kasinauyo.
He is expected to appear back in court on May 24.