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Captain Fiasco: Chiyangwa Focuses on Soccer After Mugabe's Exit

Harare – With his political prospects waning, ZIFA president Philip Chiyangwa aka Captain Fiasco has shifted his focus on football, diverti...

Harare – With his political prospects waning, ZIFA president Philip Chiyangwa aka Captain Fiasco has shifted his focus on football, diverting from his earlier pledge in 2015 that he will be in soccer administration for a bit.

The property mogul was pinning his hopes on returning to full-time politics during the 2018 elections, basing his blood relationship with former President Robert Mugabe, buttressed with his close alliance with the first lady, and regular donations and support to regain lost trust.

Sadly for the controversial entrepreneur, Mugabe has since gone into retirement, much to the relief of Zimbabweans and the world at large  leaving Chiyangwa and his accomplices to scramble for any opening to occupy and continue in the echelons of power.   

Chiyangwa's business interest have since nosedived, while his wife for years is reviving legal proceedings to have their marriage annulled, citing irreconcilable differences.   
Philip Chiyangwa at Grace Mugabe's Rally in 2017

After replacing Cuthbert Dube in a clean sweep, dotted with corruption and vote buying allegations by Trevor Carelse-Juul, Chiyangwa has gained in confidence with his 40 out of the possible 58
votes cast.

Only one candidate has thrown his hat for the forthcoming presidential elections.

“What l can tell you is that I am at peace with myself right now when it comes to this ZIFA election business because I know exactly what I have done and what l am doing in terms of my re-election plan,” said Chiyangwa.

The former Mashonaland West political kingpin was dismissed from Zanu-PF for allegedlly peddling state secrets to foreign nations. He later resurfaced in football administration. 

“I am actually in a better position right now than what was the case in the first election when l was a newboy to the politics of our football compared to the case right now. Of course, it’s an election year and a lot will be said about this and that, which is quite normal,” he said about his entrance into soccer.

His arrival in football was clouded in controversy as many questioned his sporting background, but he has since changed the face of African football. 

“I am know the good work that we have done is being appreciated by those who matter when it comes to these elections, the ZIFA Councillors, who trusted me to do this job when they made that intervention to save our game by revoking the mandate of the Dube leadership which had crippled our football,” the social media alert personality alleges. 

The Zifa boss has since won the COSAFA presidency, facilitated the ouster Issa Hayatou who had become a demigod in African soccer at the helm of CAF, winning the backing of FIFA president Gianni Infantino in the process.

“It’s been a learning curve and I know what is required and I have dealt with tougher battles in the past few years and all I can say is that bring it on and let’s see what happens at the end,” said Chiyangwa.

“I have some unfinished business here and let’s see how it all unfolds but I am content and ready for anything or anyone. “Our democracy means that challengers are allowed but let’s see who will come along,” Chiyangwa noted, cementing his prolonged stay

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