Chiyangwa slams ex-SA ref Ngcobo after expose

Chiyangwa slams ex-SA ref Ngcobo after expose
Published: 21 April 2018 (476 Views)
COSAFA president, Philip Chiyangwa, has dismissed statements by former South African referee, Ace Ngcobo that he falsely presented him as a Fifa representative when he went to resolve the impasse which had sucked in Safa president Danny Jordaan.

Ncobo told the South African media this week Chiyangwa had misrepresented himself as a Fifa delegate when he met the two warring parties in Johannesburg and thrashed out a deal.

However, Chiyangwa said Ngcobo's statements were ill-informed.

"We are dismayed by the statements made yesterday and previously by Mr Ace Ncobo regarding the role of the president of Cosafa, Dr Philip Chiyangwa, with regards his mediation efforts within the South African Football Association," a statement on the Cosafa website read.

"Mr Ncobo's statements are inaccurate and ill-informed, and show a lack of understanding of regional football structures.

"Dr Chiyangwa, as the president of the Zonal Union, is the chief representative of Caf and Fifa as regards zonal matters and it was in this capacity that the president was requested by Fifa to mediate in the Safa presidency matter.

"I treat with the contempt they deserve the statements made over the past weeks by Mr Ncobo. Cosafa is a legal entity and will not stand for this unfounded and uninformed criticism and allegations. Mr Ncobo is advised to desist."

As a follow-up to that meeting, Fifa have since sent director of African and Caribbean Member Associations, Veron Mosengo-Omba, to deal with the Safa issue.

"We are happy with the progress we've made, we are not where we were when we started. The cancellation of the congress on March 24 was a major victory for this corrective campaign," said Ngcobo as he provided an update on his campaign to overthrow the current Safa leadership on Wednesday. "The fact that Fifa sent Veron from the president's office to come and take charge of what needs to happen around the elections is another major victory."

Last month, Ngcobo released a statement paying tribute to Chiyangwa.

"On behalf of all those who have been fighting hard to defend the Statutes and the Electoral Code, I wish to thank Fifa for having swiftly responded by sending the Cosafa president to assist in reaching this agreement," he said in a statement.

He then proceeded to post the following statement on Twitter: "And please, don't worry yourself about whether or not he (Chiyangwa) was sent (by Fifa).

He helped me clinch the signature of the mad man (Jordaan). Admission of guilt," tweeted Ngcobo.

"Fooled? Not at all. And I know you would not say so if you saw the agreement in my hand! Trust me on this bro (brother). And you're an ally!"

- chronicle

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