FORMER Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) chairman, Leo Mugabe, is back in the fold and is allegedly playing a role in the ongoing confusion in the association, investigat
ions by IndependentSport have revealed.
A tussle for positions in the Confederation of African Football (Caf), in which Mugabe is involved, has seen Zifa being spilt over whether to vote for incumbent Caf president Issa Hayatou or for the Council of Southern African Football Association (Cosafa) boss Ishmael Bhamjee.
Sources within Zifa claimed that Mugabe, who is eyeing the position of executive committee member at Caf, has been campaigning for Hayatou, while ousted acting Zifa chairman Vincent Pamire and his faction have decided to give the Zimbabwean vote to Bhamjee.
Mugabe is believed to have obtained a guarantee from Hayatou that he would help pave the way for him to land the post of executive committee member.
In return Mugabe would secure the Zimbabwean vote for the Cameroonian.
Mugabe this week confirmed his ambition for the Caf Post.
“Indeed I am eyeing the post of executive committee member at Caf. I have been campaigning in Africa but the problem is that the local association (Zifa) might not nominate me. However I am working on that and I hope they will nominate me,” Mugabe said.
When asked to comment on the allegations that he was campaigning for Hayatou, Mugabe merely stated: “I have always said that African football must be led by Africans and I will never hide this.”
Mugabe’s candidature for the position of committee member requires the endorsement of Zifa. Pamire’s faction is resisting moves to nominate the former chairman.
Pamire was voted out of the Zifa chairmanship in an acting capacity last week, seven months after leading a boardroom coup that ousted Mugabe in January this year.