Chiyangwa to grace Safa indaba

HARARE - Newly-elected Zifa president Philip Chiyangwa has been invited to attend the South African Football Association (Safa) Congress which starts today at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

Chiyangwa, who is already in Johannesburg on personal business, was invited to attend the meeting by his Safa counterpart Danny Jordaan.

Safa Director of Communications Dominic Chimhavi told the Zifa website Zimbabwe and South African football stand to gain a great deal by cooperating.

“It is critical for Zifa and Safa to work closely with each other and we feel honoured as Safa for the new Zifa president, (Philip) Chiyangwa to grace our annual occasion,” said Chimhavi.

“It is essential that Zifa and Safa work jointly on a number of programmes to grow the game within the two countries, in the region and on the continent.”

Chiyangwa said: “I feel extremely humbled by this invitation to attend such an important gathering. Zimbabwe and South Africa are historically brothers.

“It is important for the two football associations to establish areas of cooperation for the growth and development of the beautiful game.

“A strategic partnership between Zifa and Safa will inevitably play a crucial role in the development of football in the Cosafa region and beyond.”

Earlier this week, Jordaan had sent Chiyangwa a congratulatory message after his election victory last Saturday at the Zifa congress.

“The South African Football Association wishes to express our sincere congratulations on your election to the position of president of the Zimbabwean Football Association,” wrote Jordaan.

“I, herewith, on behalf of the South African Football Association, assure you of our cooperation and support during your term of office.

“We look forward to continue warm and friendly relations with your association and hope to meet soonest.

“We convey congratulations to the new leadership and may your term of office offer progress to football in your country, our region and our continent.”

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