HARARE - Zifa president Philip Chiyangwa has been selected into the Confederation of African Football (Caf)’s organising committee for the Under-20 with immediate effect.
Chiyangwa, who was elected Zifa president in December last year, has been credited for turning around the fortunes of the local game by stabilising the association’s ship.
With all eyes on Chiyangwa and his board who have an unenviable task of resurrecting Zimbabwean football which plunged to an all-time low during Cuthbert Dube’s ill-fated reign, so far the Harare businessman seems to be abiding to the pledges he made before assuming office — to revive the game.
The appointment means Chiyangwa now joins the list of former Zifa bosses Rafik Khan, Dube, Leo Mugabe and Wellington Nyatanga among others who have sat on the Caf committees.
“This is to confirm that president Chiyangwa is now within the U20 OC Committee of Caf. An official circular will be sent to all MA’s to confirm the changes as soon as possible,” Caf secretary-general Hicham El Amrani wrote in an e-mail to Zifa chief executive Jonathan Mashingaidze.
An elated Chiyangwa expressed gratitude to Caf for the recognition.
“I am grateful to the Confederation of African Football for believing in me and my abilities, by appointing me to serve as a member in this important Committee,” he said.
“This is a great honour to Zimbabwean football. I will repay their faith in me with splendid work and will make Zimbabwe proud by executing my duties in an impressive manner.”
Meanwhile, Chiyangwa wished Zimbabwe’s representatives in the Caf Champions League Chicken Inn and Harare City the best of luck ahead of their matches tomorrow.
The Gamecocks have a difficult home tie against South African giants Mamelodi Sundowns in the preliminary round at Barbourfields Stadium while the Sunshine Boys welcome AS Adema of Madagascar at Rufaro Stadium.
“We would like to wish our clubs, Chicken Inn and Harare City well as they embark on their Caf Champions league and Caf Confederation Cup journey respectively,” Chiyangwa said.
“As Zifa, we are very optimistic that our local clubs will scale this initial hurdle and emerge triumphant in their respective competitions.
“We have full confidence that Chicken Inn and Harare City will display impressive performance, fly our flag high in the continental pedestal and undoubtedly defend our national pride.
“On behalf of the Zifa executive committee, the Zifa assembly, the entire football loving community of Zimbabwe and on my own behalf, I extend my best wishes to Chicken Inn and Harare City in their African safari. Go and conquer.”