Mbatha in the middle of match- fixing storm in Tanzania

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Mbatha, who has been working in the country for the past two years, is now under investigation after being questioned by the police over text messages found on his phone. Picture: iStock
Mbatha, who has been working in the country for the past two years, is now under investigation after being questioned by the police over text messages found on his phone. Picture: iStock

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Former Orlando Pirates administrator Senzo Mbatha is in the middle of a storm in Tanzania after being accused of match-fixing.

Mbatha, who has been working in the country for the past two years, is now under investigation after being questioned by the police over text messages found on his phone.

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He was first appointed CEO of Simba SC before jumping ship to join rivals Young Africans earlier this year. But seemingly, his floor-crossing between the rival clubs has caused tensions.

This week Mbatha was questioned over text messages that have been circulating on social media that purport to show him discussing money transactions.

I was not arrested but I asked to present myself to the police station for questioning
Senzo Mbatha

“Let me clarify, I was not arrested but I asked to present myself to the police station for questioning. I went there and I was asked questions about messages on my phone,” Mbatha said on SABC radio show Marawa Sport Worldwide on Thursday.

“The issue they are talking about is my discussion about me giving a friend money to travel. It was not a bribe or anything to do with match-fixing.”

Mbatha claimed that his move from Simba to their rivals angered many.

“I was not aware that it [the move] would cause so much resentment but there are people who are unhappy about my move,” Mbatha said.

“I have vowed to remain here and clear my name. I am not going anywhere, unlike the fellow [Shepherd Bushiri] who ran away from South Africa to Malawi.”


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