Cosafa endorse Chiyangwa to fill Kalusha’s CAF post
LIVINGSTONE — COSAFA and ZIFA boss Philip Chiyangwa has been unanimously endorsed to replace Kalusha Bwalya’s post as the regional body’s representative on the Confederation of African Football executive committee.
Kalusha Bwalya, an erstwhile Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) president was last month handed a two-year ban from all the game’s ralated activities by FIFA and fined $100 000 – at time he was serving as CAF Executive Committee member.
COSAFA secretary-general Sue Destombes announced the regional body’s resolution in a statement issued after an executive meeting in Johannesburg on Friday.
“The Council of Southern Africa Football Associations has resolved to endorse its president Dr Philip Chiyangwa to replace Kalusha Bwalya on the Confederation of African Football Association’s (CAF) Executive Committee after a meeting held in Johannesburg on Friday,” reads a Cosafa statement.
“The position became available after Bwalya was banned from all football related activities for two years by FIFA after he was found guilty of violating articles 16 and 20 of the FIFA Code of Ethics.
“Dr Chiyangwa will be a strong candidate to replace Zambian Bwalya and is already vice-president for the Africa Cup of Nations Committee that is overseeing preparations for the 2019 event in Cameroon.”
Meanwhile South African Football Association President Dr Danny Jordaan was endorsed as the region’s candidate to contest the vacant seat on the FIFA General Council.
A position on the FIFA governing body became devoid after the resignation of Ghana Football Association president Kwesi Nyantakyi and is to be contested only by candidates from English-speaking countries on the continent.
Nyantaki, a former CAF Vice president is serving an extended FIFA embargo after he appeared receiving kickbacks in a video expose by controversial Ghanaian Journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas.
The seat will be filled following a vote at an Extraordinary General Assembly of the Confederation of African Football in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt on September 30.
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