Chiyangwa hits back at Hayatou

ZIMBABWE Football Association (Zifa) president, Philip Chiyangwa, has hit back at the Confederation of African Football (Caf) over accusations that the Harare businessman, who is Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) president, is trying to “destabilise the continental football mother body.”

BY HENRY MHARA

Cosafa president Philip Chiyangwa
Cosafa president Philip Chiyangwa

Caf last week, through its secretary-general, Hicham El Amrani, wrote to Chiyangwa expressing their reservations over his decision to invite football leaders, including Fifa boss, Gianni Infantino, as well as football association (FA) presidents to Harare next week.

The letter arrived days after the Cosafa bloc resolved to back Madagascar’s Ahmad Ahmad in the race for the Caf presidency, where he is hoping to deny long-standing incumbent, Issa Hayatou taking his reign into a fourth decade, when Caf elections are held in Ethiopia on March 16.

The adamant Chiyangwa has written to Hayatou, telling the strongman that the gathering is simply a birthday bash, and will go ahead as scheduled.

“I acknowledge, with thanks, receipt of your letter on the above-captioned subject matter, dated February 11, 2017, written on the directive of the president of Caf, Issa Hayatou, seeking to receive further details on the planned gathering in Harare on February 24, 2017,” Chiyangwa wrote to Amrani in a letter dated February 14.

“I was taken aback, to say the least, by the tone of your letter and the clear insinuation that such an informal gathering of my family and friends, be they presidents of member associations on the African continent, would be considered, outrightly, as an attempt to destabilise Caf.

“The informal gathering styled as ‘Dr Philip Chiyangwa birthday and Cosafa presidency victory celebration’, is merely my belated birthday celebration, as I was born on February 3, 1959, and I also intend, on the same occasion, to celebrate my ascendancy to the Cosafa presidency. This, in my view, does not violate any football statutes. It is a personal matter. As for my birthday, my family and I do this yearly without fail. The largest composition of the audience is of my kith and kin, Zimbabwean society, who are largely my focus, as will be witnessed on the day.”

Chiyangwa described the proposed interaction in Harare as intended to promote friendly relations between national associations as stipulated in Caf statutes.

“If I were to convene a formal meeting, I am well aware that such meetings for Cosafa, Caf and Fifa are prescribed meetings, which must have an agenda, necessary notification requirements and quorum formalities, where resolutions can be validly passed. I accept that I have no power to convene a meeting in terms of both Caf and Fifa statutes, neither do I intend to do so. The event scheduled for February 24, by any stretch of the imagination, cannot be termed or considered a meeting. Cosafa is not obliged to seek the prior approval of Caf before holding such friendly sessions and interactions with fellow presidents outside of its zone. The only instance provided by Caf statutes for a zonal union to do that is in terms of article 14.2.b, wherein it is obliged to invite Caf to attend its general assembly meeting.

“My conduct and actions are strictly informed and influenced by provisions of all football statutes and at no point in time have I disregarded or attempted to disregard the authority of properly elected/appointed football bodies.

This gathering, therefore, by any stretch of the imagination, does not seek to undermine or destabilise Caf, rather it is meant to foster friendly relations between brotherly associations for the overall development of football on our continent.”

Chiyangwa concluded by demanding an apology from Caf.

“In the circumstances, considering the clear misapprehension of my noble intentions by Caf, an apology is warranted for the inconvenience caused by the allegations arising from your letter. Kindly convey my warmest regards to our dear president, Issa Hayatou. I wish to thank him for his letter, please let him be assured that we are always acting in compliance with Fifa and Caf statutes and key democratic principles, which form their basis.”

Infantino, who has already confirmed his visit to Zimbabwe, is believed to be against Hayatou’s re-election after the latter backed Bahrain’s Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim al Khalifa during the Fifa presidential elections last year.
Chiyangwa has publicly stated that he is Ahmed’s campaign manager.

The decision to back Ahmed publicly is the first serious sign of dissent Hayatou has faced since becoming president in 1988, and he appears to be in panic mode.

In a desperate move to suppress the growing rebellion, Hayatou warned Chiyangwa against holding next week’s gathering, saying doing so would be unconstitutional and tantamount to undermining the continental body’s authority.

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15 Comments

  1. Chiyangwa despite all this grandstanding is one of the worst presidents of ZIFA we have ever had. He is utterly useless. He couldn’t even organise a decent training camp for the National Team and continues to marginalise the women despite their unprecedented achievements. To be brutally honest, Chiyangwa is an opportunist, looking to trample over our football to achieve his selfish agenda. If anyone should have resigned after AFCON, it is him. He failed in the minimum required of him. Chiyangwa couldn’t organise a pissup in a brewery if it was asked of him. How can we let such a person run our football?

  2. Keep it up captain fiasco the voice of the voiceless

  3. Hats off Phidza on this one,Hayatou must go for the betterment of African fooball.

  4. Despite all his fairailties,thumps up Captain Fiasco for taking on hayatouuu ,its high time he leaves!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

  5. tineyi makeredza

    chiyangwa is proving to be what the doctor has ordered.take the bull by its horns .that isa hayatou is useless as far as cosafa interests are concerned .how many times have we been robbed by caf in his presence or on his instructions.memory mucherahowa was head butted by asec mimosa player whilst hayatou was present and he never took action, he withdrew our right to host 2002 afcon coz of flimssy reasons, our might warriors got robbed at the women afcon in his presence and that stupid referee was never sanctioned .hayatou must go

  6. Big up Fidza maybe the southern region will be noticed we are fed up of those countries up there winning the nations cup and going to world cup competitions all the time at the expense of the southern region.Hayatou or what ever must goooooo !!!!!.

  7. I can see it coming; Chiyangwa is approaching his exit to football matters. People may cheer him on on his way out. If he managed to tribally chuck out Peter Dube on flimsy charges, let’s see how he plans to evade clear sanctions from CAF on grounds of insurrection. Tell can it happen that a ZIFA councillor calls for a meeting (under any name) with other councillors ahead of an oncoming elections ad survive?

  8. Well said, no case against you Fidza. Lets get rid of this Hayatou chap..

  9. Hayatou must go he was responsible for taking the bid to host 2000 nations cup by zim.they dont like southern african countries how many times did gabon hosted the nations cup in 5years and wat do we call that ipapa guinea is hoting soon so how do we have sympath for someone who doesnt love southern african countries.GO ON CAPTAIN FIASCO Y DO LOVE THAT MORON HAYATOU

  10. Dzungu idzungu zvaro but apa Hayatou apedzerwa

  11. For his own personal gain akiya and he has stood as a man but if he loses the battle our soccer will suffer nowonder Khama Billiart missed the african award coz of this feud. Guys Phidza doesnt have our game at heart but his personal glory zvikadhakwa anodzokera kuno promoter rhumba ne boxing zvaanoda chaizvo

  12. Avo vanonzi Rasta ndofunga kuchikoro raive dofo chairo..the story of the day is about Chiyangwa holding his so called birthday party with other regional presidents and also the FIFA president..which Issa for reasons better known to himself is not comfortable with…Rasta makutaura zvetraining camp yemawarriors bla bla…bvai apo..save your issue for another day…parizvino tiri kuti Hayatou must gooooooo..

  13. FidzaForFIFA_Presidency

    Well done Fidza.. I have never supported you but apa ukugonesesa……Ngaabaye Hayatou Uyu.

  14. Ya Rasta vadhomoka apo….. kungoti ma Rasta anotanga a bhema mbanje…kkkkk. Phillip does not have ZIFA at heart but on this issue he is 100 percent correct…. bvisai Dhara iro.I tell u in the next CAF president elections Phillip will b challenging Ahamed.

    We are behind you Phillllll!!!

  15. Bhora Kuna Fidza!!!!

    Captain Fiascooooooooooooooo!!!!! Apa ndokubaya dede mukanwa mhani heeeee!!!! kugona ka uku. Tsuro Magen’a akarehwa paya kkkkkk. kari kunyangira kablaseni aka. Bla Fidzaaaaaa!!!!!!!!

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