Tuesday, November 28, 2017

"Religiously Or Politically I May Differ With Him But In Football We Are United" - ZIFA Treasurer Stands By Boss Phil Chiyangwa

Zimbabwe Football Association Treasurer, Philemon Machana (pic Courtesy of Herald newspaper).
Zimbabwe Football Association treasurer, Philemon Machana has dismissed rampant rumours circulating in some sections of the media suggesting that ZIFA boss Phillip Chiyagwa is targeted by Zimbabwe Defence Forces for corruption and stood firm in support of the Association's president.

Speaking to Zimbabwe's Herald newspaper, ZIFA'S finance guru expressed disappointment to 'people who are trying to soil the image of the Association's president' , who happens to be the nephew of former Zimbabwe president, Robert Mugabe.

“It is unfortunate that some people are taking advantage of political developments in the country to soil the name of the ZIFA and COSAFA president for their ulterior motives," said Machana.

“ZIFA is a multi-cultural and non-tribal organisation for all football enthusiasts and when we get anyone willing to work for football we embrace such brains and one thing that Dr Chiyangwa has done, which all his predecessors at the Association have not done, is attain so much success. During his tenure, there has been success on the pitch, qualification for the AFCON, CHAN, winning the COSAFA Castle Cup, and reaching the final in the COSAFA Women’s tournament in a short period.

“Religiously or politically I may differ with him but in terms of football we are united and Philip deserves our support and ZIFA deserve our collective support and if we try to pull him down, it is Zimbabwe that we are pulling down.’’

Meanwhile, Chiyagwa who recently attended Confederations Cup final match in South Africa between Supersport United versus TP Mazembe on the invitation of SAFA, also scoffed at rumours of his arrest.

“I am a businessman and football boss. I have never been involved in any chicanery and would not want to justify people’s agendas by delving in such mischief," said ZIFA boss.


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