Zimbabwe police quiz players: report

AFP, Thursday 12 May 2011

Zimbabwean police have questioned three national players as part of a probe into an alleged match-fixing scam in Asia, a state daily reported Thursday

Washington Arubi, David Kutyauripo and Guthrie Zhokinyi from premier league club Dynamos were picked up from a training session by fraud squad detectives and released after giving statements.

"The players said they were asked what happened during the tour to Malaysia," a source was quoted by the daily.

"It was just a brief interrogation and they were released.

Spokesman for the Criminal Investigation Department Augustine Zimbili could neither deny or confirm the players' interrogation.

In 2009, Zimbabwe Football Association chief executive, Henrietta Rushwaya sent the national team to play unsanctioned friendlies in Thailand, Syria and Malaysia linked to a betting syndicate.

Rushwaya was subsequently fired for her actions in October last year.

She is also said to have cleared former top league champions Monomotapa to travel to Malaysia where they masqueraded as the national team.

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