AFCON 2019: Round of 16 fixtures may be changed over match-fixing allegations
The entire knockout stage bracket of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations could be changed, after Herald Newspaper claimed that Zimbabwe threw their last group fixture against DR Congo.
The Warriors were dumped out of the competition, after losing 4-0 to the Congolese. It is suggested that that Congolese businessman and politician, Moise Katumbi, the multi-millionaire owner of TP Mazembe, could have been involved in the plot to sway Zimbabwe goalkeeper, Elvis Chipezeze, to underperform in the big match and boost the cause of the Central Africans. CAF’s emergency committee have reportedly begun an investigation into the matter, which could lead to a heavy fine and possible expulsion from the AFCON for DR Congo. It could also mean that Uganda are moved up to be the best third place team, which would change the entire knockout stage bracket. Alternatively, DR Congo were scheduled to play Madagascar on their Round of 16 game on Sunday, but could either be replaced by the Warriors who would be handed the match on a 3-0 scoreline, or the Indian Ocean islanders could be handed a walk-over into the quarter-finals. However, a 3-0 scoreline for Zimbabwe, would mean that they play Senegal and not Madagascar, given they would have finished second in the group.