COSAFA has responded to Ace Ncobo’s statements which accused the council president Philip Chiyangwa of lying about representing FIFA during his visit to South Africa.

Ncobo said the COSAFA head falsely claimed that he had been sent by the world football body to mediate on its behalf in the electoral dispute between him and incumbent SAFA boss Danny Jordaan.

In a statement, COSAFA described Ncobo’s allegations as “inaccurate and ill-informed”. The regional body also said Chiyangwa, as the President of the Zonal Union, is the chief representative of CAF and FIFA.

Here is the statement by COSAFA:

We are dismayed by the statements made yesterday and previously by Mr Ace Ncobo regarding the role of the President of COSAFA, Dr Phillip Chiyangwa, with regards his mediation efforts within the South African Football Association.

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,” Dr Chiyangwa said. “COSAFA is a legal entity and will not stand for this unfounded and uninformed criticism and allegations. Mr Ncobo is advised to desist.”

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