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Match fixing hits Eastern Region

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ALLEGATIONS of match fixing surfaced in the Eastern Region Division One football league after a match involving leaders Triangle and Gaza Gunners was called off at the last minute on Sunday.

Report by Sports Correspondent

Triangle is accused of offering monetary incentives to Gunners players to throw the match, but the leaders insist it’s the work of jealous people who are disturbed by their march towards the Premiership.

Gaza Gunners president Shingi Matabuka confirmed the incident yesterday to NewsDay Sport adding that investigations were underway.

“We have allegations that some of our players were paid by a Triangle official to throw away the match. We communicated the issue with the Eastern Region executive and the match was called off and investigations are currently underway,” he said.

Triangle secretary general Alex Khumbula refuted the allegations.
“It’s not true at all, the alleged official is a supporter. I think people are just getting jealous of us because we are on the brink of gaining promotion and we are not moved at all,” he added.

No official comment could be obtained from Eastern Region Thaddeus Machawira over the issue, but another official confirmed the match was called off after a formal report was filed by Gunners.

On the field of play, Hippo Valley reduced pacesetters Triangle’s lead to just two points after a 3-0 away win against Chivhu Stars on Sunday.

With four matches before the curtain comes down the Lowveld side now has 62 points from 26 matches, lying second and Triangle are still ruling the roost with 64 points from 25 matches.

However, Hippo Valley head coach Taku Shariwa said he was hoping to continue with their momentum.

“We are just hoping that we continue with the momentum, we just need to continue to collecting maximum points,” said the youthful gaffer.

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