CAF President Issa Hayatou (L) with former FIFA boss Sepp Blatter
Friday Feb 17, 2017. 09:45
The battle between CAF President Issa Hayatou and COSAFA President Philip Chiyangwa is dragging on as the latter is seeking an apology from the former.
Media reports in Zimbabwe indicate that the country's football association (ZIFA) boss, Chiyangwa wants an apology from Hayatou.
The move comes after CAF's letter to Chiyangwa last week through secretary-general, Hicham El Amrani, that Chiyangwa has no capacity to hold meetings without approval from the continent's governing body.
Reports revealed that Chiyangwa has scheduled a meeting with FIFA president Gianni Infantino in Harare next week with the Zimbabwean boss saying he is only celebrating his birthday.
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Furthermore, the letter arrived days after COSAFA resolved to back Madagascar’s Ahmad Ahmad in the race for the CAF presidency in an aim to unseat Hayatou when CAF elections are held in Ethiopia on March 16.
“In the circumstances, considering the clear misapprehension of my noble intentions by CAF, an apology is warranted for the inconvenience caused by the allegations arising from your letter,” Chiyangwa is quoted by the News Day.
“Kindly convey my warmest regards to our dear president, Issa Hayatou. I wish to thank him for his letter, please let him be assured that we are always acting in compliance with FIFA and CAF statutes and key democratic principles, which form their basis.”
Meanwhile, it is also reported that Infantino has already confirmed his visit to Zimbabwe, and is believed to be against Hayatou’s re-election after the latter backed Bahrain’s Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim al Khalifa during the FIFA presidential elections last year.
Hayatou has also warned Chiyangwa against holding next week’s gathering, saying doing so would be unconstitutional and tantamount to undermining the continental body’s authority.
The Cameroon-born president has been in charge of CAF since 1988 and is said to be in a panic mode ahead of the upcoming elections.