Government has endorsed ZIFA and COSAFA president, Dr Philip Chiyangwa’s appointment as Vice President for the Africa Cup of Nations Committee.
By Sports Reporter
Chiyangwa, 58, whose profile in continental soccer bodies is growing was given the top post on Monday. The committee headed by Nigerian football association president, Amaju Pinnick, is responsible for organizing the prestigious continental soccer showcase, Africa Cup of Nations.
In a statement, Sport and Recreation minister Makhosini Hlongwane congratulated Chiyangwa for his latest achievement.
“The Ministry of Sport and Recreation is delighted to join the nation in congratulating Dr. Phillip Chiyangwa on his recent appointment as Vice-President for the Africa Cup of Nations Committee,” he said.
The minister added that Dr Chiyangwa’s appointment is testimony that Zimbabwe’s sport administration keeps on impacting global spheres of influence.
“This new soccer administration assignment conferred to Dr. Chiyangwa unequivocally illustrates Zimbabwe’s sport administration gravitas which continues to impact regional, continental and international spheres of influence. To this effect, the sky is the limit for Dr. Philip Chiyangwa and other sport administrators in Zimbabwe,” he said.
He said, “Dr. Philip Chiyangwa must be assured that he has the support of Zimbabwe’s sport constituency which is an embodiment Ministry of Sport and Recreation’s Sport Diplomacy Programme.
“In as much as this recent credential appendage to his sport administration memoir in the making is a personal accolade, it is as good an accolade for the Football fratenity in Zimbabwe.”
Added Hlongwani, “This particular achievement by Dr. Chiyangwa also complements successes by other Zimbabwean sport administrators who have assumed influential administration assignments within regional, continental and global sport management bodies.”
He also felt for Dr Tommy Sithole’s loss as Secretary General for Anoca.
“In the same vein, the Minister of Sport and Recreation empathizes with Dr. Tommy Sithole’s untimely electoral loss as Secretary General of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) elections in Djibouti this morning.
“On the other hand, the Minister of Sport and Recreation expresses his profound gratitude to Dr. Tommy Sithole’s contribution to the Global Olympic Movement.
“Therefore, the Minister of Sport and Recreation wishes him well in his future endeavors and all his noble aspirations directed towards the interests of sport development in Zimbabwe and beyond,” said the minister.