Executive committee member Edzai Kasinauyo and assistant coach Nation Dube have been provisionally suspended by the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa), over allegations of match fixing.
The pair have denied being involved in a conspiracy to throw two upcoming 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Swaziland. They also deny allegations that Zimbabwe were throwing games at the recent African Nations Championship.
Zifa president Phillip Chiyanga held a press conference on Wednesday, informing the public that former national team coach Ian Gorowa and former Zifa chief executive Henrietta Rushwaya were also implicated in the ongoing investigation.
Chiyanga told the press that the evidence was based around sworn affidavits from current national team coach Kalisto Pasuwa and other undisclosed informants.
Kasinauyo has denied any wrongdoing and said that there was evidence that would clear his name.
“This is a very sensitive issue with far-reaching consequences because it gets to the heart of my integrity, not only as a person but also as a football leader,” he told Zimbabwe’s Herald, saying that he was in “total shock”.
“The only relief that I have right now is that I’m being told there is evidence and that will paint the correct picture and help set me free.”
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) issued a statement on Wednesday saying it would liaise with soccer’s world ruling body FIFA to “activate the mechanisms necessary” to ensure other Nations Cup qualifiers were not open to manipulation.
CAF’s director of communications told BBC Sport in an interview that the issue was “a critical matter, and a threat to the game – not only for Africa for the whole world.
“Match-fixing is probably the biggest cancer in the game today”.
In 2012 and after years of investigation, 13 players and officials were banned for life for match-fixing in what became known as the “Asiagate” scandal. Henrietta Rushwaya was one of many Zimbabwean officials, players and coaches that eventually had their penalties lifted as investigations from FIFA failed to yield conclusions.
Swaziland and Zimbabwe are top of Africa Nations Cup qualification Group L on four points after two games, with the winners gaining automatic entry to next year’s tournament in Gabon. Malawi and Guinea are the other teams in the group.