CHIYANGWA :I’M ABSOLUTELY DELIGHTED | Businessman Philip Chiyangwa says he is absolutely delighted after becoming the new boss of the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations.

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He becomes the first Zimbabwean to land the powerful regional post. “I am elated, I think no other Zimbabwean has held such a post, at Caf or at Fifa level before,’’ he said.Chiyangwa replaces longtime Cosafa president Suketu Patel of Seychelles who decided not to seek re-election at the end of his second five-year term.

The Zimbabwean football boss was declared the president of the 14-nation regional grouping after Danny Jordan of South Africa, his only challenger for the top post, withdrew from the race.Fran Mbidi of Namibia was also elected vice president unopposed. The ordinary members are General Nato(Angola), Walter Manda (Malawi), Sameer Sobha (Mauritius), Alberto Junior Simango (Mozambique) and Andrew Kamanga of Zambia.

“We are the only country from the region that is going to Afcon and it’s only natural that we lead the organisation,” he said. “My mission is to continue the good work done by Mr Patel.”

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