FORMER Warriors midfielder, Edzai Kasinauyo has been expelled from the Zifa executive committee following his decision to drag the body to court challenging his suspension. BY KEVIN MAPASURE
Kasinauyo was suspended on March 8 on allegations of engaging in match-fixing activities, where a cartel he is said to have worked with, targeted manipulating the Warriors’ Africa Cup of Nations 2017 football qualifiers against Swaziland played during the Easter holidays.
He is one of six people who have been served with their charge sheets and Zifa is waiting for them to respond to the charges before a hearing date is set.
Zifa president, Philip Chiyangwa yesterday announced, at a Press conference, the dismissal of Kasinauyo, who is also set to lose his licence as a player agent.
He said the decision to fire Kasinauyo would be officially ratified at the Zifa congress, adding that there was no way back for the former Caps United player.
Kasinauyo was served with a dismissal letter, which was written by Zifa chief executive officer, Jonathan Mashingaidze.
The letter, dated March 29, reads in part: “Reference is made to the decision of the Zifa executive committee on March 29, where it has been resolved that in terms of article 34 on the Zifa constitution, you are forthwith provisionally dismissed as a Zifa executive committee member subject to the confirmation of your expulsion by the Zifa congress in terms of article 36 (1) of the constitution.”
The reasons for the dismissal include taking football matters to court, as well as violating the terms and conditions of his suspension by storming into Chiyangwa’s private office on March 9.
“You have seriously violated the Zifa constitution by taking a dispute to the ordinary courts in violation of Article 60 (1) of the Zifa constitution. It is common cause that on March 24, 2016 you filed an urgent chamber application as an applicant against the Zimbabwe Football Association whom, you cited as respondent in case number HC 3187/16. You have shown absolute disdain and disregard of the Zifa constitution and Zifa rules and regulations in your conduct which intransigently violates Article 2 (e) and Article 7 of the Zifa constitution.”
Technical affairs at Zifa fell under Kasinauyo’s ambit and he is accused of having been the cartel’s key man in Zimbabwe, sourcing team information before prospective targets were approached.
Kasinauyo is one of six suspects that have been charged by Zifa over the match-fixing allegations along with former chief executive officer at the football mother body Henrietta Rushwaya, Jonathan Musavengana, who once worked as a programmes officer at the organisation, former Warriors coach Ian Gorowa, the team’s assistant coach Nation Dube and player agent Kudzi Shaba.
The match-fixing allegations have also hit South Africa, where top-flight matches are believed to have been fixed with the same group’s involvement.
In both countries, police have been roped in and today South Africa’s crack investigation unit, the Hawks, are expected in Zimbabwe, where they intend to interview the key witness believed to be Leroy Waguta, Rushwaya’s former associate, who is also close to many Zimbabwean footballers based in the neighbouring country.