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Zifa Chief Says Net Closing on Warriors Match Fixing Suspects

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FILE: Businessman Phillip Chiyangwa. (Courtesy: Phillip Chiyangwa Facebook page)

FILE: Businessman Phillip Chiyangwa. (Courtesy: Phillip Chiyangwa Facebook page)

Zimbabwe Football Association president, Phillip Chiyangwa, says police are expected to arrest some of the former Warriors players and others allegedly involved in a fresh national soccer match-fixing scandal.

Chiyangwa says all those people allegedly involved in the scam should be treated as criminals who wanted to destabilize Zimbabwean football.

He says they are not yet certain about the number of former local players, some local people and alleged foreign match-fixers that are said to have attempted to throw a Caf match pitting Zimbabwe and Swaziland set for next weekend in Harare.

Some of the suspected match fixers include former Warriors player and current Zifa board member, Edzai Kasinauyo, who has already dismissed the allegations as untrue, former Zifa chief executive, Henrieta Rushwaya, suspected ring-leader Chann Sankaran of Singapore and some Warriors players and several others.

Sankaran is accused of working with local and South Africans to fix matches in the Absa Premiership as well as those of the Warriors. Rushwaya and Sankaran could not be reachable for comment as their mobile phones were not reachable.

Chiyangwa tells Studio 7 the net is closing on most of the suspects.

Zimbabwe was once involved in another Asian betting scandal, commonly known as Asiagate, in which some Warriors players and technical team members were caught fixing matches in conjunction with an Asian betting syndicate.