Thursday, October 18, 2012

Warriors Angola match could have been Fixed; ZIFA Boss

(From www.bulawayo24.com) The president of the Zimbabwe Football Association, Cuthbert Dube, has made stunning claims that the match between Zimbabwe's Warriors and Angola could have been fixed.

The claims comes soon after the football mother body announced it had banned 13 players for life for taking part in the Asiagate scandal which saw the Warriors players throwing away matches for money.

Dube said he suspected the match against Angola may have been fixed in the Warriors' chartered plane to Luanda, RadioVOP reported.

"The sad news is that we lost a golden opportunity to go to South Africa. On the flight...to Angola there were match fixers, daring people, who are not even scared that there are investigations currently going on. We are going to meet as a board and see what their role was in this whole fiasco," Dube alleged.

The Warriors travelled to Angola by a chartered plane and some seats were sold to members of the public.

However, Warriors team manager Nyika Chifamba and assistant coach Peter Ndlovu, said the Zifa board had so far not spoken to them about the match fixing allegations.

They said if there was something like that it would be fair to bring up the suspects so that they can answer for themselves if they are within the national team.

This is not the first time that the football authorities have alleged match fixing after Zimbabwe poor performance in international football.

Zifa Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Mashingaidze early this year accused players Knowledge Musona and Ovidy Karuru of fixing the two World Cup games against Guinea and Mozambique.

Zimbabwe lost against the Elephants but drew with the Black Mambas in Maputo. Zimbabwe lost 2-0 to Angola to bow of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations finals on the away goals rule having won the first leg in Harare 3-1.
By Sbue
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