HARARE: Phillip Chiyangwa has been elected as the new president of the Zimbabwe Football Association.

The businessman and former politician, whose fortune is estimated at some UK£180 million, beat opponents Trevor Carelse-Juul, Leslie Gwindi and James Takavada in a vote at a ZIFA EGM this week.

He polled 40 votes ahead of Carelse-Juul 13, Gwindi two, and Takavada one. Chiyangwa replaces deposed president Cuthbert Dube who was forced out after a string of controversies over finances and matchfixing.

Chiyangwa founded the the Affirmative Action Group, is chair of Native Africa Investments and served formerly as an MP for the ZANU-PF party.

In 2004–05 he was arrested and detained for several months after being accused of passing state secrets to South Africa agents.

He allegedly received severe beatings and torture and suffered a mild stroke, and subsequently quit politics to concentrate on his other interests.


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