By Staff Reporter
Former Zifa president Phillip Chiyangwa warned aspiring Caf president Patrice Motsepe’s opponents that if they choose to go dirty, they too will not hesitate to play the same game.
Chiyangwa said this at the South African business mogul, Motsepe’s manifesto launch, ahead of the elections that are set for Morocco on March 1.
“We will fight like everybody else, if they go dirty, we go dirty, if they go smart we go smart,” Chiyangwa said.
“That’s the name of the game.”
“We are endorsing the candidature of Patrice Motsepe, as a regional bloc, which has 14 countries, whether there will be one or two (member countries who might not endorse) as a region that is our position.”
“There are 54 countries and we are saying the last time we had Ahmad we did 35 so this time am looking at more than that.”
“One thing I want to say is that I present a candidate who is a huge force in Africa, not only in economic terms, but we are talking about a comparative analysis on the candidates that were given to us by Africa as football fanatics.”
“Put Patrice here and the other candidates there and tell me what you think. This is in respect of what these people have achieved in their personal lives.”
“Sometimes we have had problems of having to push people into office. We did that the last time because the constitution we were fighting was that which Issa Hayatou put in place which barred those outside Caf structures to run for office, not this time around.’’
Motsepe will contest against Augustine Emmanuel Senghor, the Senegalese Football Federation president, Jacques Bernard Daniel Anouma, the honorary Ivorian Federation president as well as Mauritanian Football Federation president Ahmed Yahya for the most powerful African football post.
Chiyangwa, is the official campaign manager for Motsepe.