CAF President Issa Hayatou
Monday Mar 06, 2017. 12:30
ZIFA and COSAFA president Philip Chiyangwa has attacked CAF executive committee members, calling them cowards as they fear Issa Hayatou.
The Zimbabwean boss was quoted by the News Day branding the CAF executive committee members cowards for failing to stand up to the organisation’s boss Hayatou.
Hayatou is set to face off against Madagascar Football Association president Ahmad Ahmad and Chiyangwa suggests it’s time for the 71-year-old Cameroonian to go into retirement.
The outspoken leader is Ahmad’s campaign manager, and speaking to a Nigerian radio stationlast weekend he said CAF needed fresh leadership.
It is reported that Chiyangwa threatened to take legal action against Hayatou and CAF secretary-general Hicham Al Amrani, saying they abused him over his birthday celebrations which were attended by other FA presidents as well as FIFA boss Gianni Infantino.
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“Going forward, we want to restore the age limit. Issa removed the age limit and said only people in the executive committee can challenge him,” Chiyangwa said.
“Fortunately, Ahmad was not placed in there (executive committee) by Issa. Unlike the other members who are his cronies, he (Ahmad) was voted in and he is the only person who can challenge Issa, the other ones are cowards and they just sit in there directing African football.”
Regarding the COSAFA nominated Ahmad, Chiyangwa added that the Malagasy would make a better leader since he is someone that is easy to engage with, unlike Hayatou.
“Ahmad is approachable, we think he is someone we can tell that you are taking the wrong direction if he is,” adds Chiyangwa.
“It’s not the same with our old man (Hayatou) who does not listen to anybody. Issa will not listen to you. He purports he does not understand English when he understands what you are saying to him.”