The Confederation of African Football, Caf, earlier on warned ZIFA and Cosafa president Phillip Chiyangwa against “destabilising Caf.” This came after Caf discovered that Chiyangwa had sent letters to football association presidents from Cosafa and Africa inviting them to a meeting in Harare. However, in the letter Chiyangwa seems to be inviting the presidents to a combined birthday and victory party. CAF may have viewed the party as a cover that is being used by Phillip Chiyangwa, to convince the delegates not to support Issa Hayatou in the coming Caf presidential elections in March. Regional football association, Caf, which is headed by Chiyangwa has endorsed Mauritian candidate Ahmad Ahmad, something which may not have gone down well with Issa Hayatou. The Cameroonian strongman has been president of Caf since 1988, and is looking to win another term.
Also noteworthy is the fact that Chiyangwa claims that FIFA President Gianni Infantino will be the guest of honour at his party. If this claim is true, then perhaps, Hayatou has something to be worried about as Chiyangwa has friends in high places indeed.
One of the letters reads:
13th February 2017
Mr Kalusha Bwalya
Re: INVITATION TO THE DR. PHILLIP CHIYANGWA BIRTHDAY & COSAFA PRESIDENCY VICTORS’ CELEBRATIONS
Greetings from Zimbabwe. I am optimistic that I find you well.
It is with utmost pleasure that I write to you to invite you to a ccremony to celebrate and to mark my victory as COSAFA President and my belated birthday as I was born on the 3rd of February. The celebrations will be held on the 24. of February 2017 in Harare. Zimbabwe. The FIFA President — President Infantino will grace the occasion as the Guest of Honour.
It is my hope that you will find time in your busy schedule to attend to these very important and historic celebration.
DR. P. CHIYANGWA