Zimbabwe FA boss Jonathan Mashingaidze kidnapped
Posted: 28 February 2012 Time: 3:06 pm
The Asiagate footballing crisis involving Zimbabwean football took a new twist this week following allegations that the chief executive officer of the country’s Football Association had been kidnapped.
NewsDay reports that Jonathan Mashingaidze was taken hostage just outside Harare on February 21 and told he was on a hit-list of people involved in investigating the alleged match-fixing, which involved matched between 2007 and 2009.
One of the suspects was due to appear in court today on charges of kidnapping and extortion; the latter being in relation the kidnapper asking for money for the alleged hit-list.
Mashingaidze was allegedly also questioned on why he would arrange a meeting between FIFA president Sepp Blatter and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai in July last year, with the kidnapper reportedly saying “anybody who associates with the opposition is not fit to hold such a big office in Zimbabwean football”.
This is a latest in a serious of setbacks for fgootball in the country, with former ZIFA chief executive officer Henrietta Rushwaya arrested two weeks ago on charges of bribery, concealing information to a principal and corruption in relation to Asiagate.
She was last week released on $500 bail.