The Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) has resolved to endorse its President Dr Phillip Chiyangwa to replace Kalusha Bwalya on the Confederation of African Football Association’s (CAF) Executive Committee after a meeting held in Johannesburg on Friday.
The position became available after Bwalya was banned from all football related activities for two years by FIFA after he was found guilty of violating articles 16 and 20 of the FIFA Code of Ethics.
Dr Chiyangwa will be a strong candidate to replace Zambian Bwalya and is already vice-president for the Africa Cup of Nations Committee that is overseeing preparations for the 2019 event in Cameroon.
Meanwhile, South African Football Association President Dr Danny Jordaan has been endorsed as the region’s candidate to contest the vacant seat on the FIFA General Council.
The position became open after the resignation of Ghana Football Association president Kwesi Nyantakyi and is to be contested only by candidates from English-speaking countries on the continent.
The seat will be filled following a vote at an Extraordinary General Assembly of the Confederation of African Football in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt on September 30.
With the resignation of Nyantakyi, Africa now has seven members of the FIFA General Council, including Vice-President Ahmad, who is also president of the Confederation of African Football, and General Secretary Fatma Samoura (Senegal).
The others are Tarek Bouchamaoui (Tunisia), Almamy Kabele Camara (Guinea), Lydia Nsekera (Burundi), Constant Omari (DR Congo) and Hany Abo Rida (Egypt).
Finally, COSAFA resolved to request CAF to withdraw the region’s candidate Rui Eduardo da Costa from the CAF Executive Committee.