Zimbabwe Football Association President Dr Philip Chiyangwa has reacted angrily to a false social media report by Dembare Dotcoms Facebook Page that alleged he had written to the court intending to withdraw the case that implicated Henrietta Rushwaya,Ian Gorowa and Edzai Kasinauyo and coach Nation Dube among other big names fingered in the plot to throw away Warriors matches.
By Tongai Mwenje and Causemore Gadeni
Responding to a Facebook post by a faceless Dembare Dotcoms character, Chiyangwa disowned and distanced himself from the claim, labelling the post as malicious, hogwash and manufactured by an unprofessional source.
Part of the post titled ‘Dembare Dotcoms Exclusive’ reads: “The Zifa boss has now written to the court intending to withdraw the case that implicated Henrietta Rushwaya,Ian Gorowa and Edzai Kasinauyo and coach Nation Dube among other big names fingered in the plot to throw away Warriors matches.
The court was still cross examining the matter and yesterday head coach Kalisto Pasuwa testified before the magistrate.
Dotcoms can also exclusively reveal that Tatenda Mukuruva who missed Dynamos’ training session amid reports that he has a knee injury, was indeed at the courts awaiting to be cross examined as one of the witnesses after the prosecutor had threatened to issue him with an arrest warrant for failure to attend court hearings.”
The originator of the post claimed that Chiyangwa was a busy man who doesn’t want to waste his precious time in courts, hence the reason for the withdrawal of the case.
“Among other reasons for the withdrawal of the case, Chiyangwa is said to have stated that he has so much to do and cannot abandon football and personal business while attending to court cases,” the post concluded.
In a telephone interview with Sportbrief, the ZIFA boss however blasted the originator of the post under falsehood bases.
“Any news you hear from that online thing quoting me is false, hear it from me,” he responded.
The Limpopogate scandal is now under judicial consideration and therefore prohibited from public discussion elsewhere. Chiyangwa with his vast knowledge of business could not be so ignorant of the law’s provision.
“It is subjudice to do so,” Chiyangwa professed judicial knowledge.
Former national football team assistant coach Nation Dube was on Wednesday fingered as the central figure in the match fixing allegations that rocked the country recently after evidence presented in court suggested that he was responsible for handling and distributing the money to targeted players to throw away matches.
While giving evidence led by the prosecutor, Mr Timothy Makoni, Warriors coach Callisto Pasuwa on Wednesday said the former Hwange coach was the go-between linking the players and the shadowy match fixers to manipulate matches at the CHAN games in Rwanda early this year.
Pasuwa added that the four people who were mentioned in the messages as the ones behind the match fixing plot were, Ian Gorowa and the three accused persons, former zifa chief executive Henrietta Rushwaya, former zifa board member Edzai Kasinauyo and Dube.
The Warriors coach further explained the roles which each of the accused was going to play in the plot.
However, he did not mention the role which Rushwaya played.
When Leeroy called me informing me of the plan, he ordered me not to tell anyone saying the matter involved people in higher offices,” he said.
The State asked if he had direct information linking the accused persons to the offence and Pasuwa said in relation to Rushwaya he had no evidence. He however, nailed Kasinauyo whom he said would force him to hold meetings and in those meetings he (Kasinauyo) kept on pestering for the players’ list.
“Accused number 2 (Edzai) pressurised me to release the names before the actual time. Ordinarily, the list of names is given to the chief executive. Surprisingly, Edzai wanted the squad list, but I stood my ground and refused to release it.
In his parting shots with SportBrief, the property mogul emphasized that those implicated individuals will not be allowed near the beautiful game despite the outcome of the trial.
“That trial will run its full course and as far as Zifa is concerned those persons were banned and regardless of the outcome of trial they won’t participate in football for the full censure and can appeal to FIFA,” he concluded.