AS reported by our sister paper this week, Zifa president Felton Kamambo has been nominated for the Caf Executive Committee post which he will slug it out with four other candidates drawn from the Cosafa region and this week we look at the five.
The five are hoping to fill the position for the South Zone seat currently held by outgoing member Kalusha Bwalya, who had also sought endorsement from the Football Association of Zambia to retain his position at the continental body.
The football association could only nominate a single candidate as per Caf Statutes.
The five are Andrew Kamanga (Zambia), Samir Sobha (Mauritius), Bomber Mthetwa (Eswatini), Elvis Chetty (Seychelles) and Kamambo (Zimbabwe).
Andrew Ndanga Kamanga (Zambia)
First elected in 2016, Kamanga is in his first term as Faz president. He is a serving member of the Cosafa executive committee, the Organising Committee for the African Nations Championship (Chan) and the Fifa Audits and Compliance Committee.
Elvis Chetty (Seychelles)
Seychelles Football Federation president, Elvis Chetty, is in his second term. He currently serves as a member of the Organising Committee for the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon). He is a former member of the Fifa Club World Cup organising committee and also a former vice-chairman of the Caf disciplinary committee.
Felton Kamambo (Zimbabwe)
Felton Kamambo, a former football player with Mhangura Football Club, is currently in his sixth month of his first term as Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) president, having beat current Cosafa president Phillip Chiyangwa in the Zifa elections held in Harare on 16 December 2018.
Before his ascendancy to the top post in Zimbabwean football he served as a Zifa board member and as Zifa Central Region Chairman.
Mohammed Aly Samir Sobha (Mauritius)
The Mauritius football administrator is seen as a top favourite for the position.
Sobha was first elected in 2014 and was re-elected as Mauritius FA president in 2018.
Caf President Ahmad previously recommended him for the Caf Executive Committee seat vacated by former Central African Republic FA President Patrice-Edouard Ngaissona, who was handed over to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for War Crimes.
He withdrew from contesting against Egyptian FA President Abo Rida for a FIFA Council seat in 2017.
Adam ‘‘Bomber’’ Mthetwa (Eswatini)
Adam Mthetwa has been at the helm as president of Eswatini Football Association since 1993, although he lost his position for a single term to Patrick Kunene who served between 2001 and 2004.
He has been re-elected since 2005, making him one of the longest serving FA presidents in Africa.
He was a member of the House of Senates in Eswatini in the previous parliamentary term.