ZIFA unsure of FIFA Presidency

The Zimbabwean Football Association (ZIFA) is undecided on who to vote for among the five candidates vying for the FIFA presidency in Friday’s polls for the most powerful job in world football.

The elections are set for the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, and ZIFA will be represented at that congress by its President, Phillip Chiyangwa, his deputy Omega Sibanda, as well as Secretary-General, Jonathan Mashingaidze.

Chiyangwa who will be at the international football gathering for the first time following his election on December 5 last year will carry the mantle of casting the Zimbabwean vote.

However, the flashy businessman confessed that none of the members in Zifa has an idea on those running for the post, saying they would only decide on their choice after consultations with other national associations.

“As ZIFA, we haven’t settled for anybody yet. In Zimbabwe, nobody really knows these people and so we cannot make our choice now,” said Chiyangwa.

The five candidates running for the powerful position are Gianni Infantino of Switzerland, Sheikh Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa of Bahrain, France’s Jerome Champagn, Jordan’s Ali Bin Al-Hussein and South Africa’s Tokyo Sexwale.

Chiyangwa said it would be disastrous for them to wander into the uncharted waters and make their choice without listening to what the others think. “I will consult when I am there and then make up my mind,” he said.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) the biggest of the six confederations that make up FIFA have resolved to back Sheikh Salman, although there has been resistance from a number of football federations, with Liberia being the most vocal.

Chiyangwa himself said CAF could not tell them whom to vote for. “CAF cannot tell us who to vote for. We will make our decision and that will be our choice,” he said.

The Fifa presidential post fell vacant after Blatter was banned for eight years following allegations of corruption during his tenure. In 2015, Blatter secured another term after a 133-73 election vote victory over Hussein.


Aisha JM