COSAFA honours Chiyangwa

26 May, 2023 - 18:05 0 Views
COSAFA honours Chiyangwa

The Sunday Mail

Online Reporter

SOUTHERN African football body, the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) have bestowed their highest honour – honorary president – to their former boss and ex-Zifa president, Philip Chiyangwa.

Chiyangwa was one of a number of long-serving administrators, who received special recognition from Cosafa during the regional body’s annual general meeting (AGM) in Sandton, South Africa on Friday.

Confederation of African Football (Caf) president Patrice Motsepe, who was a special guest at the AGM and Cosafa president, Artur de Almeida e Silva, conferred the honour on Chiyangwa.

Chiyangwa was Cosafa president from 2017-2021.

He also took charge of Zifa between 2015-2018.

Suketu Patel, who was Cosafa president from 2006 to 2016, was also given the honorary president title.

Salemane Phafane from Lesotho and Adam Mthethwa from Eswatini were awarded honorary vice-president status, while Ashford Mamelodi was named as an honorary secretary-general.

During the AGM it was also confirmed that Cosafa, the largest regional bloc in African football with 14 members, are in a strong financial position as they look forward to hosting seven tournaments in 2023, while also continuing with the numerous legacy programmes, which leave behind expert knowledge and skills wherever these events are held.

Motsepe praised the work that is being done in the Cosafa region to improve the game, but urged more partnership between governments and football associations in Southern Africa to invest in football.

“I will never accept, and I am from a nation that is represented here, that the ambition is not (to win the Africa Cup of Nations). Every leader in every Cosafa nation should have that clear objective and goal. I know the enormous talent (in the region),” Motsepe said.

The South African Football Association presented their bid to delegates for the 2027 Fifa Women’s World Cup, while the Botswana Football Association presented their bid for the 2027 Africa Cup of nations finals.


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