WARRIORS stars Knowledge Musona and Ovidy Karuru are being investigated for alleged match fixing relating to Zimbabwe’s 2014 Fifa World Cup qualifiers against Guinea and Mozambique, reports said last night.
The ZBC reported that Karuru and Musona were spotted by ZIFA CEO Jonathan Mashingaidze at his predecessor, Henrietta Rushwaya’s Harare offices along with Thomas Svesve and Zhaimu Jambo on Tuesday.
Rushwaya was sacked by ZIFA following allegations of masterminding a match-fixing scandal in which Warriors teams were paid to lose friendly matches by an Asian betting syndicate. She was however cleared by the courts last month on a technicality.
Zimbabwe were beaten 0-1 by Guinea at the National Sports Stadium and drew 0-0 away to Mozambique on Sunday.
Warriors coach Rahman Gumbo said he felt they could easily have won both games had his forward line which included Karuru and Musona been sharper in front of goal.
Karuru missed the Warriors' best opportunity to score when he was set up by Musona in the 41st minute. The France-based winger chose to pass back to Musona, and the opportunity was lost.
Gumbo was uncharacteristically scathing at the end of the match. He told reporters: “Look at it, he didn’t let me down today. He let himself and the team down. I would have killed him if I was one of his teammates.
"You must understand that this is a situation where we only needed one goal but we got three chances and we couldn’t put them away. You can’t blame the defenders, they did their part."
ZIFA president Cuthbert Dube claimed in Harare last Friday that unnamed elements were sponsoring dissent on the stands and using playing staff to disrupt the national team.
The latest accusations against some of Zimbabwe's key players are the worst possible preparation for Gumbo as the Warriors prepare for Sunday's Africa Cup of Nations clash with Burundi, already trailing 2-1 from the first leg.