Lagos –Dr Phillip Chiyangwa, the president of both Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) and Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA), has assured that the regional association from the southern African country is behind Amaju Pinnick, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president in his quest to be elected in the CAF Executive Committee.
Chiyangwa further berated those calling for the re-election of Issa Hayatou as CAF president, saying that the football in the continent has to move forward.
Speaking to Zimbabwean online newspaper, Newsday, on Thursday, Chiyangwa said that he met Gianni Infantino first in Nigeria (after Pinnick invited the FIFA boss) and they found the need to revolutionalise football on the continent.
“We (Infantino and other African Federation chiefs) met in Nigeria and realised we had so many things to achieve in order for us to revolutionise our football and we needed to come together,” Chiyangwa said, referring to the countries he claims support Ahmad.
“We were 17 at that time, but we are probably now about 35. Thirty-five is a dangerous number. Dangerous as in it does things in Africa.
“We in Zimbabwe will follow whom COSAFA is supporting, which is Ahmad because he wants to oust the old order of running football on the continent just like what FIFA president is doing and it is also happening in Nigeria, so we are supporting Nigeria for the CAF Seat because that will also help to bring in the new order in running football on the continent,” Chiyangwa said.
The CAF election comes up on March 16 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.