Mbidi elected COSAFA VP and promises women focus
Newly elected Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) Vice President Frans Mbidi says the Association will be prioritize women football for the next five years under the leadership President Phillip Chiyangwa.
Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) President Chiyangwa stood unopposed at the organization’s Annual General Meeting at Sun City, South Africa on Saturday and takes over from Suketu Patel, who elected not to stand after completing two terms in office.
The other contender for the role of COSAFA president, Dr Danny Jordaan from the South African Football Association, withdrew before the vote.
Chiyangwa expressed his delight at having received the support of the region, who unanimously welcomed his appointment, saying he was “happy and humbled” to lead.
NFA President Frans Mbidi was voted in as vice-president for the next five years and states that women football will take centre stage.
“We now need to redouble our efforts to grow Cosafa. Our predecessors have done a great job in bringing the institution where it is today. we have a mammoth tasks with specific emphasis on women football and development thereof.”
Mbidi adds that more competition need to be organized for the ladies for their game to grow as well. “ we shall need to organize the same number of competitions as we do with the male counterparts”.
At the elective congress on Saturday, five additional joined the executive committee in their role as ordinary members, with the successful candidates being General Pedro Neto (Angola), Andrew Kamanga (Zambia), Sameer Sobha (Mauritius), Alberto Simanga (Mozambique) and Walter Nyamilandu-Manda (Malawi), who has served as an ordinary member on the outgoing exec.
Dr Jordaan, David Fani (Botswana) and Mclean Letshwidi (Botswana) withdrew from the vote for ordinary members.
Out-going president Patel said he believed he had completed his mission to help develop football in the COSAFA region and it was now time to pass on the baton.
“When I took over the presidency 10 years ago, development was the objective and we have achieved that,” Patel said. “It is important to know when one has done his job and leave with dignity.
“Back then we had one tournament, our senior challenge, but this year we have hosted five events across the age-groups in men’s and women’s football.
“It has always been our objective that young players’ first exposure to international football is in our region. I hope that legacy will continue.
“We have great sponsors in place and these relationships now need to be nurtured. We have built a credible institution that is accountable to its members. COSAFA is perceived to be the premier region in the CAF family.”