Asiagate is the name of the match fixing scandal where the Zimbabwe National Team made unsanctioned trips to Thailand and Malaysia in December 2009. Then ZIFA CEO, Henrietta Rushwaya was accused of organising the trips and being the “core central point” in the scam which involved referees, players and journalists. A Malaysian national called Raja Raj was reported to have been the key instigator of the match fixing.[1]

Henrietta Rushwaya

On the trip, Zimbabwe lost 3-0 to Thailand; beat the Malaysian champions Selangor 3-0 before losing 6-0 to Syria.

An investigation into the scandal by the ZIFA Board of Enquiry which was headed by ZIFA board member Ndumiso Gumede found the following:

most of the players involved in the corruption “now pose a big problem” for the national team.

Rushwaya and Jonathan Musavengana where suspended and eventually fired for their involvement.

References

  1. Nkanyiso Moyo, Match fixing: Rushwaya damned, NewZimbabwe, Published:18 October 2010, Retrieved: 26 April 2016