Phillip Chiyangwa, ZIFA and COSAFA President
Monday Mar 20, 2017. 14:30
Issa Hayatou's rival Phillip Chiyangwa has expressed delight in his success to oust the former Confederation of African Football president.
The Cameroonian football administrator lost the vote to Madagascan Football Association's boss, Ahmad Ahmad during CAF's presidential election in Ethiopia last Thursday.
Furthermore, Hayatou's loss has left ZIFA and COSAFA president Chiyangwa elated to see the former CAF leader's back, whose 29-year reign came to an end.
The Zimbabwean businessman told NewsDay Sport of his joy at seeing Hayatou leaving office as well as the revival of continental football leadership.
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“I am very elated and boosted, now Zimbabwe can really feel that they are part of Africa and the world. This man [Hayatou] and his cabal ensured that we could not be heard,” Chiyangwa said.
“He got the lesson of his life after the CAF football family bought into the vision of change.
"I and like-minded colleagues from COSAFA launched this calculated move that we needed this man out and others took us for a joke. But here we are, history has been written.”
Although Chiyangwa is still considered a newcomer in football circles having been elected ZIFA president in December of 2015, he has managed to initiate change bringing to an end Hayatou’s long reign.
COSAFA's Ahmad bagged 34 votes from the 54 voting members compared to Hayatou's 20 thus ending the Cameroonian's reign.