Kasinauyo’s court bid falls through

Former Warriors’ midfielder Edzai Kasinauyo’s bid to bounce back into the Zifa executive committee hit a snag after the High Court ruled that the matter in which he is applying to have his expulsion nullified is not urgent.

Kevin Mapasure

High Court Judge Justice Erica Ndewere ruled last week on Wednesday Kasinauyo’s case was “not urgent.” This is the second time in the last two months that the High Court has dismissed his application after another challenging his suspension was thrown out.

The former Ajax Cape Town player was suspended by Zifa after reports emerged that he was involved in a match fixing scam that allegedly sought to manipulate the outcome of the Warriors’ Afcon 2017 qualifiers against Swaziland.

It has been alleged that Kasinauyo connived with former Zifa chief executive officer Henrietta Rushwaya, the former programmes officer Jonathan Musavengana, former Warriors coach Ian Gorowa, ex-Hwange coach Nation Dube and player agent Kudzi Shaba to manipulate the two matches using players.

They have all been charged by Zifa and some have responded while others like Rushwaya have chosen not to participate in the process.

The disciplinary process is set to commence at the weekend for those that have responded to the charges.

After the allegations of match fixing first emerged, Zifa suspended Kasinauyo, who then filed an urgent chamber application with the High Court to try and have his suspension lifted.

His application was dismissed as not being urgent.

Zifa responded by expelling Kasinauyo for taking football matters to the courts.

He again filed an urgent chamber application seeking the High Court to nullify his provisional expulsion, which was set to be ratified by the Zifa Congress.

Kasinauyo had argued that his dismissal was not procedural and therefore should not stand.

Zifa is set to meet today to determine the date for the congress, which will put finality to Kasinauyo’s matter.

The meeting will also discuss the future of suspended technical director Takaendesa Jongwe Zifa has remained mum about the reasons for the suspension.

Chief executive Jonathan Mashingaidze’s contract with the organisation, which has been reported to have expired, is also part of the agenda while financial and competitions reports are set to be discussed.

While there has been some form of stability brought about by donations made by businessman Wicknell Chivayo, Zifa is still plagued by debt.

They have been struggling to access some of their funds from the regional football body, the Confederation African Football (Caf) at a local bank, which has seen Zifa struggle to pay salaries.