The ZIFA and COSAFA president Dr Phillip Chiyangwa has responded to news doing rounds on social media suggesting he has been arrested.
By SportBrief Reporter
Responding to the claims via a video, Chiyangwa said, “vanhu varikungowawata vachingowukura, I am free mbavha ndidzo dzinosungwa tsvagai mbavha ikoko (people are just gossiping, I am free, it’s only thieves that get arrested you should be looking for thieves instead of bothering me)”.
The news of “captain fiasco” was broken by Studio 7 on Sunday with the publication claiming that sources close to the ZIFA board had confirmed the incident.
“Zimbabwe Football Association chief Philip Chiyagwa has been arrested while attempting to sneak out of Zimbabwe with large sums of money,” read the news.
“Chiyangwa was arrested with one of his workers Chamu Chiwanza Saturday evening. ZIFA spokesperson Xolisani Gwesela said he was not aware of Chiyangwa’s arrest but sources close to the soccer body noted that the football boss is being held by the police at an undisclosed police station.”
The article went on to claim that Chiyangwa was linked to a faction known as Generation 40, which wanted former First Lady Grace Mugabe to succeed her husband, former president of Zimbabwe Robert Gabriel Mugabe, who stepped down following the intervention of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces.
However, the local football motherboard’s spokesperson, Xolisani Gwesela confirmed that the publication never contacted him and hoped Studio 7 would retract and apologise for violating the ethics of journalism.
“This is very unethical journalism. I never spoke to anyone from Studio 7 and no one ever contacted me from that organisation. These are hazards of the profession my brother but we don’t expect this from a credible organisation like Studio 7. I hope they will retract and apologise,” he said.