Partson Jaure carries on with University of Pretoria amid match-fixing allegations from Zimbabwe
Posted: 11 March 2016 Time: 10:18
University of Pretoria will continue to play Zimbabwean defender Partson Jaure despite the allegations of match-fixing that have emerged out of Zimbabwe this week.
Jaure was named by The Herald newspaper along with Polokwane City goalkeeper George Chigova as allegedly being involved in a match-fixing ring that could have spread its tentacles to the South African Premier Soccer League (PSL).
It should be noted though that no charges have yet been brought against the pair and they are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
The South African Football Association have dispatched investigators to Harare to meet with their Zimbabwe counterparts to learn more about what evidence is in place.
AmaTuks coach Shaun Bartlett says he cannot comment on a matter that is between national associations, but confirmed to KickOff.com that Jaure was available for selection for the vital PSL clash away at Mpumalanga Black Aces on Saturday.
But the centre-back has already been vilified in the Zimbabwe media with his former national team assistant coach Saul Chaminuka saying his performances in the COSAFA Cup held in South Africa last May were suspect.
ZIFA have alleged that matches in that competition, along with the 2016 CHAN tournament in Rwanda could have been rigged.
“It is now clear to me that some of players are being paid to influence results,” Chaminuka was quoted as saying in the Manica Post. “I believe that Partson Jaure really has a case to answer. Judging by the way he played when I was in charge of the team in the COSAFA tournament in South Africa, I have no option but to believe that he has a case to answer.
“I remember very well the match we lost to Namibia (4-1). All things being equal we were not supposed to have lost that match. Jaure was supposed to have been covering for Hardlife Zvirekwi on the left, but somehow he kept playing like a high school kid.
“I am actually looking for the video clips of those matches because it is now clear to me that those matches must have been fixed. I have been in football for quite some time and I know how my players perform.
“These things are a result of the lack of remuneration for both players and coaches,” added Chaminuka.
ZIFA have suspended executive committee member Edzai Kasinauyo over the fixing allegations, which also include Zimbabwe’s two African Nations Cup qualifiers against Swaziland later this month.
He has claimed innocence though and demanded that ZIFA furnish him with the evidence they have against him by 11h00 today or he will seek relief through the courts.
Also implicated by media reports in Zimbabwe is ex-Swallows coach Ian Gorowa.