Chiyangwa to leave Zifa for ‘higher’ post

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - From Sikhum­buzo Moyo in Harare

ZIFA pres­i­dent Phillip Chiyangwa will soon leave the as­so­ci­a­tion, two years be­fore the con­sti­tu­tional end of his term amid rev­e­la­tions that the am­bi­tious Harare prop­erty mogul is an­gling for a re­gional or con­ti­nen­tal football post.

Chiyangwa let the cat out of the bag when he spoke off the cuff on Thurs­day as he pre­pared to present his speech for the of­fi­cial open­ing of the Premier Soc­cer League or­gan­ised Sports Writ­ers work­shop that was be­ing held at a Harare ho­tel. Also in at­ten­dance was the league chair­man Peter Dube as well as the chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Kennedy Nde­bele.

“Very soon I will be bid­ding Zifa good­bye, to go up,” said Chiyangwa much to the amuse­ment of the gath­ered scribes and fa­cil­i­ta­tors.

Chron­i­cle Sport later con­tacted the flam­boy­ant busi­ness­man for him to clar­ify what he meant and where ex­actly he was go­ing.

He re­fused to be spe­cific but re­it­er­ated his ear­lier re­marks.

“I am go­ing up, any­thing but up there,” said Chiyangwa who how­ever just laughed when asked if he was an­gling for the Cosafa pres­i­dency whose elec­tions are due next year.

Sit­ting Cosafa pres­i­dent Suketu Patel from Sey­chelles has not in­di­cated whether he will seek an­other term at the top of the re­gional football body. The Cosafa pres­i­dent is also the first vice pres­i­dent of Caf.

Chiyangwa was re­cently elected the sec­re­tary gen­eral of the An­glo Saxon group dur­ing his visit to Nige­ria when Fifa pres­i­dent Gianni In­fantino vis­ited Africa’s most pop­u­lous na­tion.

Liberian Football As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Musa Bil­ity chairs the group.

In his of­fi­cial ad­dress Chiyangwa said it was un­de­ni­able that the pop­u­lar­ity that football en­joys to­day was a di­rect re­sult of the tire­less ef­forts by the me­dia.

“Football and the me­dia are in­ex­tri­ca­bly in­ter­twined, hence it is un­de­ni­able that the pop­u­lar­ity that the beau­ti­ful game en­joys to­day is a di­rect re­sult of tire­less ef­forts of mem­bers of the Fourth Es­tate. I am re­li­ably in­formed that the ma­jor ob­jec­tive of this work­shop is to broaden the un­der­stand­ing of the man­age­ment and ad­min­is­tra­tion of football in Zim­babwe. Football and sport jour­nal­ism have evolved and un­der­gone a rev­o­lu­tion,” said Chiyangwa.

He said the work­shop, which ended yes­ter­day, sought to en­lighten par­tic­i­pants on per­ti­nent is­sues with re­gards to lat­est trends in football man­age­ment, coach­ing, me­dia op­er­a­tions, man­age­ment of com­pe­ti­tions, crowd man­age­ment, fair play code, laws of the game, role of the me­dia in football de­vel­op­ment, in­tegrity in sport and club li­cens­ing.

Phillip Chiyangwa

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