Council of Southern African Football Associations president, ‘Captain Fiasco’, and a source of worry for the Confederation of African Football – Phillip Chiyangwa could shape the future of the sport on the continent.
The 58-year-old Zimbabwean is flamboyant, daring and often controversial.
And he is currently at the centre of an almost unprecedented stand-off with Caf and its long-serving president Issa Hayatou.
CAF has sent a written warning to Chiyangwa over his plans for a meeting with other African FA chairmen and warned that there could be sanctions for “attempting to destabilise” the continent’s governing body. Read more
WHEN former Warriors coach Misheck Chidzambwa was fired by the now defunct Blue Ribbon six years ago, he just vanished from the local football scene.
In a difficult economic environment, he had to find other means of looking after his family at the expense of the sport that brought him all the fame and not so much the fortune.
The renowned coach, who guided Zimbabwe to its first Cosafa Castle Cup triumph back in 2000 is often seen around the capital using his car as a taxi.
But after six years of hustling to make ends meet, Chidzambwa has expressed desire to come back into football and add more trophies to his coach’s cabinet. Read more
After having been a member and the driving force behind the famous Reinhard Fabisch’s ‘Dream Team’ of the early 1990s, legendary former Liverpool goalkeeper Bruce ‘Jungleman’ Grobbelaar would like to have another dance with the Warriors.
Grobbelaar, now 59, who was twice briefly appointed as player-manager of the Zimbabwe senior team in 1997, recently told our Harare Bureau from his base in Canada that he would like to revive his romance with the Warriors and was confident of bringing back the glory days of the early 1990s, which saw the team turning themselves into one of the most feared sides on the continent when they were under the guidance of the late German coach Fabisch. Read more
DYNAMOS should brace for the new season without goalkeeper Tatenda Mukuruva who was yesterday reported to have signed a short-term deal with Absa Premiership side Cape Town City.
Sources yesterday said the Warriors goalkeeper, who became a free agent following the expiry of his contract in December, has signed for six months as he targets a possible move to Turkey when the next window opens. Read more
PROPHET Walter Magaya says he is qualified to be Yadah Stars’ technical advisor and yesterday the clergyman revealed that refurbishment of Chibuku Stadium in Chitungwiza was in full throttle.
The project, according to Prophet Magaya, will make Chibuku one of the best top-flight football grounds in the country. The cost of the refurbishment exercise could run into millions.
Magaya’s newly promoted Yadah Stars will use Chibuku for their home matches in the 2017 Premier Soccer League season.
Speaking to The Herald soon after the team’s training session at Alex Sports Club yesterday, in which he took part, Magaya also expressed satisfaction with his team’s preparations for a maiden dance in the top-flight league and declared he was gunning for the championship. Read more
OUTGOING Warriors coach Callisto Pasuwa has heaved a huge sigh of relief after Harare businessman Wicknell Chivayo revealed the gaffer will walk away with the sleek vehicle he had been using in his official capacity as Zimbabwe coach.
Pasuwa is leaving his post after nearly 20 months in charge of the Warriors technical department with the former Dynamos coach having paid the price of his team’s failure at the just-ended African Cup of Nations finals in Gabon.
The Warriors managed just a point from their 2-2 draw in the opening Group B game against Algeria before they subsequently fell to Senegal who beat them 2-0 and Tunisia who handed them a 4-2 thrashing. Read more
KHAMA Billiat may have to wait longer than anticipated before he can fulfil his dream to play in Europe after it emerged that the Warriors forward has a prohibitive 2,5 million buyout clause which could be stifling a move away from Mamelodi Sundowns.
The 26-year-old talented forward has been the subject of fierce debate in domestic football circles with pundits, fans and players alike arguing he is now more than ripe for a move to a league bigger than the South African Premiership. Read more
As far as I am concerned, Pasuwa quit his post in Gabon, I have been expecting him to follow that up, like a true professional, with an official resignation letter. – Philip Chiyangwa
ZIFA president Philip Chiyangwa has lifted the lid on the uncertainty that had appeared to surround the status of Callisto Pasuwa and says he stands guided by the Warriors coach’s decision to quit shortly after the team crashed out of the African Cup of Nations finals in Gabon.
Chiyangwa says an engagement between ZIFA and the coach would have looked at the possibility of re-engagement depending on the recommendations of their High Performance Committee and the gaffer also being in a position to accept the terms of such a reunion. Read more
Claudio Ranieri’s team, just a ‘stone’s throw’ away from being at the bottom of the table, were humiliated by Manchester United 0-3, through goals from Henrikh Mhikitaryan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Juan Mata.
Nigerian stars Ahmed Musa and Wilfred Ndidi started for the home team and Ranieri’s men applied pressure from the onset, forcing Man U to play on the defensive for majority of the first half.
Little did Leicester know there was a surprise in the bag as in the 42nd minute, Henrikh Mkhitaryan ran through Huth and fired across goal after getting a deflection off goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel. Read more