Warriors undeterred by match-fixing scandal
From MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe
HARARE, (CAJ News) – ZIMBABWE’S technical team is not reading much into the match-fixing scandal in which some of its players have been implicated in neighbouring South Africa.
Some players fingered in the controversy are part of the side set to travel to Mbabane for a crucial date against Swaziland in the Africa Cup of Nations 2017 Group L qualifiers on Good Friday.
These comprise the University of Pretoria duo of goalkeeper Washington Arubi and defender Patson Jaure, as well as Polokwane’s shot stopper, George Chigova.
Zimbabwe’s Warriors assistant coach, Soul Chaminuka, said he wanted the players to focus on the job at hand than be distracted by match-fixing allegations.
“I had the option to phone Patson Jaure to set the record straight after the stories that appeared in the newspapers, but I have not done that because I believe the whole issue deserves a face-to-face talk,” said Chaminuka.
Zimbabwe’s South Africa-based players called up for the top-of-the table tie against Swaziland comprise red-hot Khama Billiart and Cuthert Malajila (both Mamelodi Sundowns), Orlando Pirates’ man of the moment Tendai Ndoro, Kaizer Chiefs anchorman Willard Katsande, Onismor Bhasera (Bidvest Wits), Kudakwashe Mahachi (Golden Arrows) and Evans Rusike (Maritzburg United).
Log-leaders Swaziland and second-placed Zimbabwe, both on four points, seek maximum points to enhance their chances of qualifying for the Afcon tournament set for Gabon.
The upcoming match has not been spared allegations of match-fixing with Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) suspending Executive Committee member responsible for technical affairs, Edzai Kasinauyo, for allegedly trying to fix the result of the encounter.
Kasinauyo has formerly played in South Africa for Ajax Cape Town, Moroka Swallows and the now-defunct Cape Town Spurs and Hellenic.
– CAJ News
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