Bet­ting syn­di­cate stalks Zim foot­ball

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ngqwele Dube Sports Correspondent

ZIM­BABWE’S foot­ball has once again come to the at­ten­tion of bet­ting syn­di­cates with one per­son, claim­ing to be based in Ger­many, re­port­edly seek­ing to in­fil­trate the lo­cal game.

One Sami Gazim ap­proached a foot­ball sup­porter seek­ing as­sis­tance to be linked to lo­cal play­ers and ad­min­is­tra­tors. Gazim claimed there are peo­ple al­ready in­volved in in­flu­enc­ing re­sults in the lo­cal game but did not elab­o­rate or back his claims.

Kelebile Moelli re­vealed that Gazim con­tacted him through Face­book seek­ing play­ers or ad­min­is­tra­tors who can help him with in­side in­for­ma­tion which can be used in bet­ting. Gazim promised Moeleli a share of the profits.

“Hello sir, one ques­tion, I am writ­ing about Zim­babwe Soc­cer games, I am from Ger­many and I want to bet very much money on Zim­babwe soc­cer games. I am look­ing for a per­son who can help me, maybe you know a player or an im­por­tant per­son from the clubs or you can hear im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion on how the game could end. We could make a good business, if I win you win too, I would give you good money for safe in­for­ma­tion, we can make a lot of money to­gether if you or­gan­ise this but it must be safer than safe be­cause I bet a lot of money and I don’t want to lose, I don’t need spec­u­la­tions, I need safe tips, So could you help?” read Gazim’s re­quest.

In an­other mes­sage, Gazim in­di­cated match-fix­ing was “safer” in Zim­babwe than in Ger­many, adding some peo­ple are do­ing it but did not name them. Moeli said upon in­ves­ti­gat­ing he re­alised Gazim also liked the of­fi­cial pages of sev­eral Cas­tle Lager Premier Soc­cer League clubs that in­clude Harare City, High­landers, Dy­namos, Black Rhi­nos, Caps United and Ngezi Plat­inum.

“He is also Face­book friends with sev­eral lo­cal play­ers in the Premier­ship but he in­di­cated to me that he is yet to find any joy de­spite con­tact­ing sev­eral peo­ple but he did not tell me who. He sim­ply wrote ‘No­body want to help me, no­body want to make money’”, he said.

Zim­babwe has been rocked with sev­eral match­fix­ing scan­dals with the most prom­i­nent be­ing Asi­a­gate which saw the na­tional team tak­ing part in matches across Asian coun­tries, whose re­sults were pre­de­ter­mined. Zifa com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager Xolisani Gwe­sela said the pre­vi­ous in­ci­dents led them to set­ting up sur­veil­lance sys­tems that would be able to de­tect any match-fix­ing at­tempts early.

“Be­cause of our past ex­pe­ri­ences we have set up a sys­tem to de­tect match-fix­ing ma­noeu­vres early but as you are aware bet­ting syn­di­cates come up with com­plex and so­phis­ti­cated meth­ods of in­flu­enc­ing games so we have to be on our toes. Match ma­nip­u­la­tion is a scourge that we should all work to­gether to erad­i­cate as it is against the val­ues of the game,” he said.

Gwe­sela said those ap­proached should not hes­i­tate to report to rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties so that ac­tion is taken. He said they would be hold­ing work­shops at the be­gin­ning of ev­ery sea­son to ed­u­cate ad­min­is­tra­tors and play­ers on the per­ils of match-fix­ing and how they can stop it.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Zimbabwe

© PressReader. All rights reserved.