Zifa in turmoil, as Chiyangwa rubbishes Cosafa recall claim
As the Zimbabwe Football Association claims to have recalled former president Philip Chiyangwa as Cosafa boss, the maverick businessman and politician has described their attempt as hogwash saying the organisation has no such mandate
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Zifa claimed after its meeting on Thursday that it has recalled Chiyangwa from Cosafa and suspended association executive member, Chamu Chiwanza, accusing him of teaming up with Chiyangwa to cause the chaos that played out during the Afcon finals in Egypt.
Chiyangwa and Chiwanza are accused of negatively influencing the warriors in their AFCON campaign where the team continuously threatened to boycott matches accusing the mother body of lying that they had deposited their dues.
“The ZIFA ad hoc committee having noted the intransigence behaviour of Mr Chiyangwa and active role he has been playing in destabilising our football in particular the AFCON tournament, has also taken and communicated its decision to recall Phillip Chiyangwa from his position as COSAFA president as well as any other position he may be holding in football across the globe.” Kamambo said.
But a combative Chiyangwa came out guns blazing, accusing Zifa of desperation in their attempt to hide their transgressions.
“That is hogwash, it is rubbish,” Chiyangwa fumed.
"They can't do that. It’s a nonstarter and complete hogwash. They must deal with their house. When a builder fails, he blames the tools,” Chiyangwa said adding that he has had nothing to do with local football ever since he lost the Zifa top post.
He warned Zifa against such “desperate attempt” saying: "They have no power whatsoever. It is a dangerous attempt. The public want to know what they did. Since l left office I haven’t spoken to Chidzambwa or any of the players and for then to do that it's nonsensical. FIFA must endorse that after recommendations from Cosafa and Caf."
The Warriors performed dismally at the Afcon finals amid suspicion that they fixed the match.
Apparently, Zifa is also in the eye of a storm after reports that Kamambo took his family and church elders allegedly using money donated by government for the welfare of the players.