Mamelodi Sundowns' Nyasha Mushekwi and Method Mwanjali
Posted: 20 October 2010 Time: 11:33 am
The Mamelodi Sundowns pair of Nyasha Mushekwi and Method Mwanjali have made their submissions to the Zimbabwe Football Association probe team that has been investigating the involvement of Zimbabwe in match fixing syndicates during trips made to Asia in the last three years.
In testifying, both players confirmed the alleged underhand dealings that were masterminded by Zifa officials with the controversial trip to Thailand in December last year at the centre of the investigation.
Mwanjali captained the Zimbabwean team – which Mushekwi was part of – which travelled to Asia without the green light from the Zifa board and the Sports and Recreation Commission.
The two Sundowns are among many other players that have given evidence on the controversial trips to the Far East that involved Zifa officials and coaches, among them Sunday Chidzambwa and Joey Antipas.
It is alleged that Zifa employee Jonathan Musavengana – currently on suspension over the matter – masterminded the underhand dealings with the Asian betting syndicates.
According to documents that are in the hands of local media, money exchanged hands for playing to a certain score.
It is claimed that Zimbabwe lost 3-0 to Thailand in their game they were supposed to lose 1-0 before they then crossed to Malaysia where they played local champions Selangor winning 3-0.
The next match was against Syria in Kuala Lumpur which Zimbabwe lost 6-0 after which each player was paid US$1000 topping up the US$500 that players had received prior to the Syria game after they threatened not to fulfil the fixture as they were not paid for the Thailand loss.
As captain Mwanjali, led the negotiations with the Asians for the players to be paid before the Syria game.
"I submitted my passport. I was told that the national team would be travelling to Malaysia to play training matches as promised by the Ministry. I was also told that we would travel on December 28, 2009. We travelled to Thailand where we played one match and then went to Malaysia where we played two friendly matches. We received our allowances in Malaysia which were US$500 per person," Mwanjali is quoted as having written in his submission.
Mushekwi confirmed they were paid US$1000 for losing adding that he had asked to be substituted in one of the matches as his conscience would not allow him to continue playing in a fixed match.
He adds that he had noticed some of the Asian men that he saw in Asia at the Warriors friendly match against Japan that was played in George prior to the start of the World Cup.
Zifa CEO Henrietta Rushwaya has already been suspended by the Board.
Zifa must now implement Fifa's Disciplinary Code of Conduct in punishing those players found guilty of having manipulated games.