INSIDE AFCON 2019: DR Congo, Zimbabwe in Match-Fixing Scandal

The Democratic Republic of Congo are embroiled in a match-fixing scandal after an alleged sum of money was transferred between the TP Mazembe owner Moïse Katumbi Chapwe and the Zimbabwe goalkeeper Elvis Chipezeze before the last group game.

Needing a comprehensive win to have a chance of progressing to the knockout stage, DR Congo beat Zimbabwe 4-0 in a result which was somewhat unexpected given the previous games both in this group and between the sides in qualifying.

While the result was still not beyond the realms of possibility, questions were left unanswered which sparked an investigation into the match.

According to Kingfut, TP Mazembe’s owner had allegedly paid a large amount of money to Chipezeze in order for him to allow DR Congo to score at will.

CAF’s emergency committee have begun an investigation into the matter, which could lead to grave consequences for DR Congo leading to expulsion from the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations if found guilty.

It could also mean that Uganda are moved up to be the best 3rd place team, which would change the entire knockout stage bracket.