Losing Zifa president Philip Chiyangwa claims the reason he withdrew from a re-run with new Zifa boss Felton Kamambo in Sunday’s elections is because he wants to invest his time as a Member of Parliament.
Chiyangwa conceded defeat just before the re-run after the two had failed to garner two thirds of the votes.
Chiyangwa, who is president of Cosafa and MP for Zvimba South, took to Twitter soon after his loss and said he was not power hungry.
“Congratulations to the new @online_zifa president. The reason I withdrew from the run is because I am not power hungry. I have a constituency waiting for me and therefore I decided that I should invest all my time as an MP. Wishing the new elect a prosperous time,” Chiyangwa wrote.
The Zifa pre-election period was drama-filled, with Kamambo being initially banned from contesting together with his new vice-president Gift Banda, who beat Omega Sibanda by 37 votes to 22, over an assortment of allegations.
Kamambo and Banda were later allowed to contest following intervention by world football governing body Fifa.
Kamambo was picked up by police on allegations of threatening violence against Zifa chief executive, Joseph Mamutse.
It was also claimed that Kamambo was serving a Zifa suspension, an allegation dismissed by Fifa, who ordered that the former Zifa board member be allowed to contest.
Banda was also dragged to court last Thursday charged with corruption for allegedly leasing 3.82 hectares of land to his daughter when he was Bulawayo deputy mayor.