The resurgent Chiyangwa

Many thought he was being overzealous and becoming too big for his shoes but he proved otherwise and continues to do so.

By Daniel Itai

After he lost the parliamentary elections in 2013 many saw this as the end of his road but he proved otherwise and decided to turn his attention to football.

From being a vendor to a chauffeur now the vice-president of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament  for many it’s definitely a dream come true.

Chiyangwa, 58, has remarkably volleyed his sporting career in a space of one year which has left many tongues wobbling.

Being the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) president proved undoable but he did it against all odds afterwards he landed the Council of Southern African Football Association (COSAFA) presidency without any hustles and he seems to be going strong.

Newly elected COSAFA President
Newly elected COSAFA President

After having been mutilated by national politics Chiyangwa decided to venture into football politics were he seems to have found his true calling.

The property mogul is the man behind Madagascan Football Association president, Ahmad Ahmad’s rise to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) presidency.

Issa Hayatou‘s dynasty was ended by Ahmad’s campaign manager, Chiyangwa, who made sure that he would not obtain his 8th term.

The outspoken Harare businessman believed it was time for new blood and no one should be in power for that long. He validated his sentiment by landing Ahmad the top post.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino with ZIFA and COSAFA president Phillip Chiyangwa
FIFA president Gianni Infantino with ZIFA and COSAFA president Phillip Chiyangwa

Recently, he was rewarded for his efforts by landing a top post in the CAF committee responsible for AFCON games. Chiyangwa is the Vice president of that committee. And who knows, with Chiyangwa at the helm of AFCON games deciding committee, Zimbabwe could host the prestigious continental tournament in the shortest possible time during his tenure. Only time will tell.

At one time Chiyangwa said that he was eyeing the FIFA presidency post and with what he has achieved in the little time frame he’s had the sky is the limit and hopefully more for Zimbabwean and African football at large.

Tongai Mwenje

Tongai Mwenje is a Senior Editor with Zimbabwe's largest online sports magazine Sportbrief He has been writing professionally since 2012 and currently writes for technology and sport blogs. He has vast experience in digital marketing, sports reporting and analysis. He is also a Sports and Technology columnist with Financial Gazette Online Sports Column and Technology Magazine respectively.

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