Harare, Feb 3 (IANS) Henrietta Rushwaya, former chief executive of Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA), was reportedly arrested on charges of corruption, bribery and match-fixing.
The country’s state television said she was in custody at Avondale police station in an upscale Harare suburb.
Rushwaya was in the middle of a multi-million dollar match fixing scandal in which Zimbabwe’s national football team players and coaches were paid to lose matches in Asia by predetermined scores, earning racketeers millions from the bookies, Xinhua reported.
Rushwaya, fired from her post two years ago, sent the national team to play unsanctioned friendlies in Thailand and Malaysia and a betting syndicate allegedly fixed the results.
The mastermind of the betting syndicate, Singaporean national Wilson Raj Perumal is in jail in Finland after being convicted of match fixing in the European country.