Warriors challenge those accusing them of match-fixing to provide evidence
THE Warriors have challenged those claiming that their final 2019 Afcon Group A match against DR Congo could have been compromised by a Congolese business tycoon to use the comprehensive security apparatus at the hotel they were staying to substantiate the allegations or simply shut up.
The Warriors, whose campaign ended in the ignominy of a shock 0-4 defeat at the hands of the Congolese last Sunday, spent the better day of yesterday exchanging notes on their interactive media platform where they all expressed shock at the dark and nasty turn of events.
The reports first emerged in the Madagascar media on Wednesday, but so far Caf has been defiant in refusing to discuss the issue and has given the DRC the greenlight to continue with their preparations for their Round of 16 match against the Indian Ocean islanders in Alexandria on Sunday.
The reports claimed the DRC were set to be thrown out of the tournament and also heavily fined by Caf with wealthy Congolese businessman Moise Katumbi being accused of allegedly having played the go-between role by coercing goalkeeper Elvis Chipezeze to fix the match.
However, the Warriors have banded behind their teammate and spent the day yesterday exchanging notes questioning the allegations and wondering why their names were now being dragged through the mud.
Captain, Knowledge Musona, told his teammates in those exchanges that he felt some people had always been trying to transform them into the fall guys of this Afcon campaign and the latest developments would deflect attention from the shortcomings of the other parties which contributed to the challenges they faced in Egypt.