Zimbabwe Football Association (FA) chair Philip Chiyangwa has threatened to sue the president and secretary general of Africa’s football body Confederation of African Football (CAF), according to reports in Africa.

Chiyangwa received warnings from the continental football agency not to host a party in Harare as he proposed to. CAF claimed the gathering is an attempt to rattle the body but Chiyangwa went on to do so.

“They shouldn’t dare me with silly innuendos – making nefarious allegations. My legal team is preparing to go into battle against President Issa Hayatou and Secretary General Hicham El Amrani. If necessary following any deliberations that are prejudicial to my interests and standing, I will be taking legal recourse to the extent that Hayatou and El Amrani will be held personally liable for defamation,” a statement credited to the COSAFA chief reads.

The Executive Committee of CAF is set to convene in Ethiopia on March 14, two days before the presidential election where Hayatou would compete against Ahmad, the head of Madagascar’s FA. Chiyangwa is the campaign manager of Hayatou’s sole competition to unseat him in CAF, hence the altercations.

Hayatou has been the president of CAF since 1988 – making him the longest-serving CAF president. He is campaigning to remain in office amidst record level of dissatisfaction of his rule and long term. (more…)

Guus Hiddink reckons the level of Football in English Premiership

Guus Hiddink reckons the level of Football in English Premiership is not the same as it was when he was into his first stint as the manager of Chelsea.

Hiddink had had a short stint at Chelsea a few years back.

According to him, at that time, the competition was used to be amongst the top 4 or 5 teams and the rest of the teams were not able to put up that much of a fight, but, what he is seeing this time around is that it has got much tighter and the minnows have also started winning games on a consistent basis.

Hiddink was quoted as saying, “I can see the Football in England is more intense now than before and you can’t take anyone for granted. “

“The teams who would always be around bottom 3 in the past are in the top half of the table these days because they are playing quality Football.”

“And, the fact that they have grown in quality and have fetched good results, it is now allowing them to lure top players in the world to join in.”

Hiddink, who is not the permanent boss of Chelsea this time around either and is at Stamford only on an interim basis just like it was the case with him in 2009, dropped hints that he would be looking to give opportunities to the youngsters in Chelsea Academy to play in the top tier, but, only if he feels they are good enough to take the pressure. (more…)

Zimbabwean football has suffered a major setback

Zimbabwean football has suffered a major setback after FIFA decided to eliminate them from the upcoming 2018 World Cup qualifiers – even before it has begun – due to the outstanding payments that the national team have with former coach Jose ClaudineiGeorgini.

Zimbabwe are currently coached by Ian Gorowa and the team has largely been playing in friendly matches and African tournaments due to their latest suspension from FIFA. The lack of support from the government means that Zimbabwean FA finds itself in a huge amount of debt. As a result, they have been unable to pay their former coach.

The communications manager of the Zimbabwe FA says that they will be appealing against this decision by the world football Council. However, any resolution will have to be swift since the World Cup qualifying matches will start from October once the draw is made in July. Zimbabwe have never qualified for a World Cup tournament and they do not seem in a great position to do so once again. The team were knocked out of the Africa Cup of Nations in the qualification stage to add to the misery. The last competitive match played by Zimbabwe was back in June 2014 when they were involved in a 2-2 draw against Tanzania during the two legged qualification match. (more…)