Phillip Chiyangwa

ZIFA officials plot Chiyangwa’s return as president

FORMER Zifa president and property magnate Phillip Chiyangwa could make a spectacular return to 53 Livingstone Way if a plan by some councillors to bring him back succeeds.

Last week, Zanu PF announced a fund-raising committee with some sleazy individuals to raise the war chest, led by businessman Phillip Chiyangwa. The Zvimba South MP is joined on the committee by Grain Millers Association president Tafadza Musarara.

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Gold dealer Codes Scott Sakupwanya, Zvishavane trucker Antony Pote, socialite Zodwa Mkandla and Evaristo Mudhikwa also sit on the committee, which will report to Zanu PF’s secretary for finance Patrick Chinamasa.

Chiyangwa was shocked by Felton Kamambo in the 2018 Zifa elections, which also saw then-incumbent vice-president Omega Sibanda losing to Gift Banda.

A councillor, who spoke to Chronicle Sport, said word had been doing the rounds that Chiyangwa must be nominated for the Zifa presidency but some were still undecided.

Kamambo is still a favourite with another clique of councillors.

“Talk of Chiyangwa running for the presidency next year is now in the open, although it’s too early to confirm. People should therefore not be surprised to see his name popping up among those set to challenge Kamambo.

Some among us want (former PSL chairman) Twine Phiri while others still want Kamambo to continue, but look this is an election, running and winning are two different things,” said the councillor, who requested anonymity.

In response, Chiyangwa told Chronicle Sport that he is not talking about an uncertain future.

“Look my friend, I cannot comment about something that has yet to happen. I speak about the present in which I am the Cosafa president while Kamambo is the Zifa president.

  • Chronicle/Agencies

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