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Journalist Queries FAZ Ban on Woodlands Stadium

With the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) banning the use of the newly refurbished Vodafone Woodlands Stadium journalist has punched holes in the decision.

Former Bulletin and Records Magazine editor Kingsley Kaswende has labeled the move short sighted and opened up a healthy debate among his followers.

FAZ has banned the use of Woodlands Stadium following cry baby antics by MTN Zambia that demands that no competitor should place any adverts in the perimeter of the facility as part of the sponsorship deal the Zambian game has with the mobile service provider.

Vodafone signed a multi million deal with City of Lusaka Football Club but their efforts to meet MTN halfway have been trashed.

FAZ moved a double header on Sunday that was scheduled for Woodlands Stadium following the dispute between MTN and Vodafone.

Below is Kaswende’s submission:

I think that the wrangle between MTN and Vodafone regarding the use of Vodafone (Woodlands) Stadium for the MTN-sponsored Super league games must be handled very carefully because it can potentially set a very bad precedent.

The Football Association of Zambia must show leadership and deal decisively with this issue. The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) must also take an interest in such issues.

Next we’ll hear that just because the league is sponsored by KCM, then First Quantum cannot brand Lumwana Radiants’ stadium, or that just because ZANACO FC is playing in the Barclays Cup, they can’t brand Sunset Stadium

8 Comments

  1. Kafwanayo

    Your reporter doesn’t know business. That is how it is done all over the world but you Zambians are joining the game late and thus don’t know how to debate the issue. The broadcast rights holder has advertising rights and his sponsor is right to request no free advertising by rivals. Fifa even has approved sponsors only policy for the world cup

    • kufahakurambwe

      Please explain where it reads ‘free advertising’. ” FAZ has banned the use of Woodlands Stadium following cry baby antics by MTN Zambia that demands that no competitor should place any adverts in the perimeter of the facility as part of the sponsorship deal the Zambian game has with the mobile service provider.”

      • Kafwanayo

        Let me be very simplistic: In a stadium, All advertising is suposed to be charged for. The rates are different according to the stadium capacity. The rates become even higher when broadcasting cameras come in. Every advert or branding that the camera captures is charged for. Now if the stadium has Vodafone banners all over like at Woodlands that is not being charged for and as a result it is free or inadvertent advertising

  2. kufahakurambwe

    Please explain where it reads ‘free advertising’. ” FAZ has banned the use of Woodlands Stadium following cry baby antics by MTN Zambia that demands that no competitor should place any adverts in the perimeter of the facility as part of the sponsorship deal the Zambian game has with the mobile service provider.”

    • Kafwanayo

      I can’t explain over for you be an adult and discover things on your own. You are throwing a report at me. Are you sure that is gospel truth are you sure what it says is what has transpired? Find out by yourself

  3. sinx

    I cant umderstand the whole issue here . Who is who and who is what?

  4. Bushe?

    Free advertising is when you broadcast brands that have not paid for advertising. Many brand managers are clever and will ambush a broadcast for their own ends. This is why FIFA doesn’t allow non-sponsoring brands in World Cup stadia. They wont allow you to drink Pepsi inside a World cup stadium unless you drink it from a non-branded bottle which they will supply you. Only Coke is allowed because they are official sposors

  5. joe

    I can’t understand, what is the problem?

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