CAF leadership has issued another warning to Zifa president Philip Chiyangwa whom they accuse of destabilising the continent’s football mother body ahead of the CAF presidential election set for March 16.
In letter to Chiyangwa obtained by SportsZone, CAF Secretary General Hicham El Amrani notes a number of discrepancies in Chiyangwa’s defence that his was a private gathering not aimed at destabilising the federation as alleged. Said El Amrani:
The purpose of our letter to you would appear to have been totally misunderstood by you and in this could have arisen as a result of the wrong perception which you seem to create in your own letters, namely your letter addressed to the President of the Football Association of Zambia Mr Andrew Kamanga on your personal letterhead (Annex 1) inviting him to celebrate your election as President of COSAFA as well as your birthday, whereas your letter on the same date addressed to the President of the Mali Football Association (Annex 2), uses the COSAFA letterhead, and merely refers to your election and makes no reference to your birthday.
At the same time, we were formally informed by FIFA that the visit of the FIFA President to Zimbabwe is aimed at visiting your federation and discuss football development with other stakeholders and present the FIFA development programs, Zimbabwe being the first stop of an African tour.
As far as your personal celebrations are concerned, you are quite entitled to invite whomsoever you wish, but in view of the different letterheads used and the established work visit of the FIFA President, it does not seem indeed that it is an “informal” meeting.
Finally, we have noted with much surprise your ambitious wish to have CAF present to you apologies. It would be preferable to think thoroughly about the same prior to writing to CAF.
For your information this matter will be tabled on the agenda of the upcoming meeting of the CAF Executive Committee.
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