DISMISSED Zimbabwe Football Association board member Edzai Kasinauyo was yesterday picked by police for questioning over allegations of attempting to fix the AFCON qualifying match between Zimbabwe and Swaziland.
His lawyer Harrison Nkomo yesterday afternoon confirmed that Kasinauyo was picked by police and he was assisting with investigations.
“I can confirm that he was picked by police. He is with the police as we speak.
“The police will determine on whether there is an offence or not after interviewing him,” he said.
Former ZIFA Chief executive officer Henrietta Rushwaya yesterday appeared at the Harare magistrates’ court facing allegations of attempting to fix the Zimbabwe-Swaziland games.
Rushwaya, who was being represented by lawyer Charles Chinyama, appeared before magistrate Tendai Mahwe charged with bribery.
The 49-year-old was not asked to plead to the charges.
But she was quick to indicate that she, through her lawyer, would challenge her placement on remand on May 24 when she returns to court.
Prosecutor Sebastian Mutizirwa alleges that between January and February 2016, Rushwaya, Kasinauyo, Ian Gorowa and Nation Dube were involved in acts of soccer match fixing.
They were said to be targeting players in the South African Premiership League.
Rushwaya is said to have been also working with Kundishora Waguta and their Asian financier Chan Sankaran.Waguta is believed to be the whistle-blower of the match fixing scam.
Rushwaya, Kasinauyo, Gorowa and Dube are alleged to have planned to fix the matches player between Zimbabwe and Swaziland on March 25 and 28 this year in Mbabane and Harare
Reports are that the quartet had agreed to ‘fix’ the matches soon after Zimbabwean coach Kalisto Pasuwa announced his squad.
The State also alleges that Kasinauyo was then tasked to put pressure on Zimbabwe’s national team coach Kalisto Pasuwa to prematurely announce his squad.
Nation Dube, who was the Warriors assistant coach, was also tasked to ‘leak’ the names of players, who were to play against Swaziland in the event that Kasinauyo had failed to influence Pasuwa.
Rushwaya is said to have been tasked to target Warriors’ goalkeeper and two defenders for their ‘syndicate’ to fix the match.
Whistle-blower Waguta informed Pasuwa of the plans of bribe the players in an endeavor to fix the games.
Pasuwa is said to have delayed in announcing the names of the players, who were to play against Swaziland which prompted Rushwaya to pick Tatenda Mukuruva as the possible goalkeeper.
Gorowa, who is based in South Africa, is alleged to have phoned Mukuruva inviting him to travel across Limpopo saying he wanted him for trials.
The Dynamos and national team goalkeeper is said to have informed Pasuwa of the call by Gorowa.
On the other hand, Kasinauyo was still pressurising Pasuwa to release the names of players who were to play during the AFCON qualifier match, according to the State.
Pasuwa later informed ZIFA president Phillip Chiyangwa.
ZIFA C.E.O Jonathan Mashingaidze lodged a complaint against Rushwaya leading to her arrest.
Rushwaya is out of custody on US$100 bail.