hrushwaya.jpgAnalysts have welcomed the suspension of the Zimbabwe Football Association’s Chief Executive Officer, Henrietta Rushwaya, as a step in the right direction in the local governing body’s bid to get to the bottom of allegations of match fixing by the Zimbabwe national soccer team last year.

With just a month before the ZIFA investigating committee tables to the Sports and Recreation Commission findings of their probe into match fixing allegations by the Zimbabwe national soccer team, analysts have commended the ZIFA board’s decision to suspend the local football governing body’s CEO Henrietta Rushwaya as the race to bring culprits to book intensifies.

Veteran football administrator Chris Sambo and football commentator Admire Taderera both commended the move saying it will necessitate thorough investigations.

“This was the most logical thing to do for thorough investigations to be done without any interference, but ZIFA has to be careful and move quickly due to the limited period of 14 days that they have until Rushwaya’s period of suspension elapses, so as to avoid what happened to Jonathan Musavengana,” said Sambo.

“In any organisation the Chief Executive Officer has to know what is happening so I feel Rushwaya’s suspension was necessary so as to accord the inestigations, adequate room to conclusively probe into what really happened,” said Taderera.

This is the second time Rushwaya has been suspended this year following another suspension in March this year which was later lifted.

Rushwaya is alleged to have been involved in Asian betting syndicates leading to the Warriors throwing away matches in the Far East, a move which resulted in Zimbabwe losing 6-0 and 3-0 to Syria and Thailand.


The heavy losses resulted in Zimbabwe plummeting down the FIFA rankings to a lowly 110.


It is also alleged that Rushwaya was behind the Warriors’ unsanctioned trip to Malaysia in December last year.

The Sports and Recreation Commission has given ZIFA until August 29 to conclude investigations.