The Phillip Chiyangwa prophecy

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elec­tions to choose the de­posed Cuth­bert Dube’s suc­ces­sor.

How­ever, with an­other plebiscite due next year ev­ery­thing points to the in­cum­bent seek­ing to ex­tend his stay at the helm of Zim­babwe’s soc­cer gov­ern­ing body.

And by the look of things there will be no se­ri­ous chal­lengers.

Chiyangwa’s deputy Omega Sibanda is as loyal as they come while an­other touted po­ten­tial suc­ces­sor, Ben­jani Mwaruwari, ap­pears in­clined to work­ing with PC rather than re­plac­ing him.

Mwaruwari is be­ing in­un­dated with re­quests to plunge into foot­ball ad­min­is­tra­tion but the for­mer War­riors skip­per has not given a firm in­di­ca­tion of what he in­tends to do.

PC has been liv­ing it up on the in­ter­na­tional foot­ball scene, rub­bing shoul­ders with roy­alty and — pre­dictably — tak­ing “self­ies” at ev­ery turn like a teenager who has just taken re­ceipt of his first smart­phone.

If you didn’t come across a pic­ture of Chiyangwa at the Best Fifa Awards in Lon­don this past week then you are a so­cial me­dia di­nosaur.

And while PC di­vides opin­ion at home, the 58-year-old knows how to get peo­ple to eat from his palm.

Irvine Khoza re­cently lauded Chiyangwa as African foot­ball’s most pow­er­ful man.

Chiyangwa’s foot­ball mus­cle is even be­ing felt far away in North Africa where the Tu­nisian FA is the lat­est to in­vite him to their congress as a spe­cial guest.

As he ran for the Zifa job, PC un­leashed his now fa­mous “Zifa, Caf, Caf, Fifa” state­ment and as Yours Truly en­gages in div­ina­tion, ev­ery­thing points to the guy run­ning for the Caf pres­i­dency when Ah­mad’s term ex­pires.

The Cosafa pres­i­dency is al­ready in the bag and now re­la­tions are be­ing forged with blocs such as Ce­cafa and the North Africans.

Seek­ing re-elec­tion as Zifa pres­i­dent will be a no-brainer for a man who has grand am­bi­tions.

In the next few months one must ex­pect lo­cal foot­ball ad­min­is­tra­tors to pub­licly make a bee-line to those fancy of­fices along En­ter­prise Road to “beg” Chiyangwa to re­con­sider his pledge not to seek re-elec­tion.

Ev­ery­thing will be played up in true “apa hauna cash” style, be­fore an an­nounce­ment that Chiyangwa has de­cided to an­swer the call to na­tional duty and con­tinue serv­ing as Zifa boss is made.

And with Hen­ri­etta Rush­waya in his good graces again, PC has next to him a wo­man who knows the foot­ball trenches like the back of her hand, a wo­man who is ca­pa­ble of run­ning the cam­paign ma­chin­ery while he con­cen­trates on charm­ing the con­ti­nent’s foot­ball lead­ers.

Rush­waya re­cently de­liv­ered the apol­ogy that PC pub­licly de­manded and her com­bi­na­tion with Welling­ton Mpan­dare and Ed­die Chivero will take some beat­ing on the cam­paign trail.

Sir will not get deeper but just re­mem­ber a true prophet is mea­sured by time. What­ever a true prophet says must come to pass.

Let my words be sub­jected to this test.

Sir ex­its the scene! Sir is a so­cial me­dia foot­ball com­men­ta­tor and can be reached at sir18area@ya­hoo.com

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