Philip Chiyangwa distances self from CAF post claims


THE Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) president Philip Chiyangwa has refuted reports circulating on social media that he has been appointed Caf secretary-general.

Philip Chiyangwa

Philip Chiyangwa

The Caf secretary-general post fell vacant when Hicham El Amrani of Morocco resigned at the weekend, a week after elections that swept long-standing president Issa Hayatou from power.

The 37-year-old, who had served as secretary-general for the past six years, gave no reason for his decision.

“I understand that there is a story circulating on social media insinuating that I have been appointed to the position of Caf secretary-general. There is no such development and these are absolute falsehoods,” said Chiyangwa.

“A Caf secretary-general is the head of Caf’s secretariat and a full-time employee of the confederation. This is an inferior position to the ones I hold now, therefore, I do not harbour any ambitions whatsoever of landing that position.

“Above all, I currently hold far more superior positions to the vacant post. I am the president of both the Zimbabwe Football Association and Cosafa and it will be illogical for me to be appointed as the Caf secretary-general.

“I am also an advisor to the Caf president, who is also the vice-president of the Federation of International Football Associations (Fifa); zvidiki here izvozvo? (Are those small responsibilities?) —