Former South African Football Association (SAFA) presidential nominee Ace Ncobo revealed that COSAFA president Phillip Chiyangwa lied about representing FIFA during his recent visit to South Africa.
Chiyangwa met with current SAFA boss Danny Jordaan and Ncobo last month in Sandton, where Ncobo agreed he would not be standing for the SAFA presidency. FIFA have since sent Director of African and Caribbean Member Associations Veron Mosengo-Omba to attend to the matter concerning SAFA elections. Said Ncobo:
FIFA came, not that maverick from Zimbabwe, who lied and said he was sent by FIFA. By the way, as soon as I received a call from Sue Destombes – the general secretary of COSAFA, saying Chiyangwa is coming and has been sent by FIFA, I dropped the phone and asked her for written correspondence from FIFA. At the same time, I sent an email to the general secretary of FIFA to say, ‘There’s a Phillip Chiyangwa here, who purports to have been sent by FIFA to come and mediate. Are you aware of that?’ So, when I went to that meeting [on March 14], I knew Chiyangwa had not been sent by FIFA, but I needed that meeting because it was going to produce an agreement; a signature.
Ncobo further explained that the agreement between himself and Jordaan is not worthless despite being mediated by Chiyangwa.