Zimbabwe found themselves in a match-fixing storm, which allegedly saw Baroka FC goalkeeper Elvis Chipezeze in the middle of it, and Caf has now commented on the accusations around the Warriors’ 4-0 defeat to Congo Dr.
Newspaper The Herald had picked up a report from Madagascar, which alleged TP Mazembe owner Moise Katumbi to have bribed Chipezeze ahead of Zimbabwe’s final Group A game.
However, the wealthy Congolese businessman has since dismissed the accusations, saying he had already left the country by the time he was allegedly in Zim’s team hotel to bribe Chipezeze.
Caf, who reportedly met for an emergency meeting to discuss the incident, had so far been silent on the issue but now dismissed the report.
“At the level of the CAF, there is no suspicion,” Caf General Secretary Mouad Haji said at a press conference in Cairo, as quoted by Ghanasoccernet.
“There is no hint of corruption about the Zimbabwe-DRC match in the third Group A match played on June 30, in Cairo.
“But if it turned out that there was anything, and not only for this match, I remind you that our policy is a zero-tolerance policy on corruption. As of today, there is no correspondence or issue.”
It was claimed Zimbabwe could be reinstated in the tournament at the expense of DRC, who will face Madagascar in the Round of 16.
The Zimbabwe Football Association are yet to comment on the accusations, but it seems there has been no proof of any foul play.
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