Chiyangwa takes leaf from FIFA’s African playbook and bans rivals

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African football is heading for another disputed internal electoral process after challengers to the regime of Zimbabwean strongman Philip Chiyangwa (pictured) and his deputy Omega Sibanda were controversially barred from contesting polls for the Zifa executive committee set for December 1.

The move is reported to be specifically aimed at FA presidential aspirant Felton Kamambo who was disqualified form contesting the elections amid claims that Chiyangwa, who is also head of the 14-nation Council of Southern Africa Football Associations, is playing dirty by amending the rules to maintain his grip on power.

One of those changes is a massive hike in fees for any individual who wants to appeal.

“My determination to appeal does not mean I have got a lot of money, but I have got support from football stakeholders,” Kamambo, disqualified because he is still serving a three-year ban imposed for allegedly trying to topple the Chiyangwa-led board, was quoted as saying.

“They are not happy with the direction our football is taking. By employing all these tactics, Chiyangwa thinks he can get away with murder.”

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