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Opinion: FAZ Is Not Being Sincere In the Controversially Disallowed Goal In Nigeria

It should by now be water under the bridge. The goal referee Joshua Bondo robbed Chipolopolo of during a World Cup qualifier against Nigeria in Uyo last Saturday is now a by-gone. We are crying over the proverbial spilt milk.

Zambian winger Augustine Mulenga’s disallowed goal will forever be a reference point. And we are drawn to this debate once again after FAZ president Andrew Kamanga’s latest statement.

Kamanga says, “we have already written to FIFA complaining about the referees’ decision where he denied us a clear goal.”

This statement is in sharp contrast to what the FAZ president announced at the airport on Monday when he said, “According to article 15 of the FIFA regulation, which clearly states 15 (6) that the referees decision is final. That is where football comes from. Where there is reason to believe that the referee has probably made a mistake, I think there are enough safeguards within the system that address those kinds of concerns. So that is where we are starting from.

“I think all games have got referee assessors, I think they will equally file in their reports, the match commissioner will file in the report. But the rules are very clear, you cannot overturn a referee’s decision, the only decision that is overturned and I think this should be very clear and this is the basis on which we find ourselves constrained.”

Kamanga added: “Those of us who were in the stadium saw it within a split second that it was not an offside but the referee made a decision and like I said the referee’s decision is final. But the only consolation is that FIFA will overturn the result of a game if they have reason to believe that there was external influence.

“We have spoken to the match commissioner, we did speak to the referee assessor I equally made frantic efforts to speak to officials in FIFA…I had the opportunity to consult widely but the conclusion was that we were denied a clear goal, but the rules being what they are, you cannot overturn the decision of the referee. The only basis is when there is suspicion that there was evidence of external interference.

“The referee may be carpeted for making a wrong decision but the decision still stands, unfortunately that is the way football is and that is where we find ourselves.”

Clearly, Kamanga’s statement on Monday – 48 hours after the match was played – put a close to the debate on the part of FAZ. He had no intention to push the matter forward and left it to the discretion of FIFA.

Today, he has accused soccer fans of missing the point. Again, the FAZ boss himself missed the point in his conflicting statements.

While Kamanga states that the competition regulations make the referees’ decision final, he neglects to also highlight avenues provided by the same regulations to address grievances arising from disputed calls.

HERE ARE THE THREE THINGS AS OUTLINED IN THE COMPETITION REGULATIONS THAT FAZ SHOULD HAVE DONE TO DRAW THE ATTENTION OF FIFA TO THIS CONTROVERSY THAT THEY DID NOT DO

1. Skipper Kennedy Mweene should have protested to the referee about the disallowed goal (article 15.5.
2. Zambian delegation Rix Mweemba should then have followed up the matter in writing with the match commissioner not later than two hours after the final whistle.
3. Both FAZ vice-president Rix Mweemba and general secretary Ponga Liwewe who were in Nigeria should then have collaborated by following up the matter with a fax of their complaint to FIFA within 24 hours as per article 15.2.

If none of this was done, which is a likelihood going by events and statements from FAZ, the judicial review Kamanga is talking about is a waste of time because article 15.8 clearly stipulates that “if any of the formal conditions of protest as set out in these regulations are not met, such protest shall be disregarded by the competent body.”

It must be noted that the article 15.6 as relied upon by the FAZ president as the main provision not have initiated the protest is not cast in stone more so that it states, “No protests MAY be made about the referee’s decisions regarding facts connected with play. Such decisions are final and not subject to appeal, unless otherwise stipulated in the FIFA Disciplinary Code.”

Those better schooled at law than ourselves will argue that a provision in any legislation with such wording as MAY are open to further interpretation especially that this same article is left open and should be read together with the provisions of the FIFA Disciplinary Code.

According to article 72 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code, the decisions of the referee that are considered final are those that are disciplinary in nature, not disputed decisions such wrong offside calls.

Rather than go about being defensive and attacking soccer fans for demanding action, the FAZ leadership must learn to take responsibility for its failures or omission to do a good job. That is what leadership entails. Ghana may have been better informed than our leadership the more reason they could have pushed in an appeal for a wrong call. With that said, this is a dead issue. Lets move on.

59 Comments

  1. Sj

    SHAME. IT seems there’s need to read the so called Code of Conduct inside out and upside down by our so called FAZ reps. Or it’s pure neglect?Comment

  2. Sj

    SHAME. IT seems there’s need to read the so called Code of Conduct inside out and upside down by our so called FAZ reps. Or it’s pure neglect? What are rules there for if they can’t be interpreted and remain bidding for all? Crap.Comment

  3. xmonk

    Andrew Kamanga! You are a disappointment. You have a folk tongue. People like you should never be allowed to be near any position of leadership, you are very weak leader. You failed at kitwe united, you failed at Kabwe warriors to the extend of relegation. You cried for a bone but you are failing to chew it.
    How can you negligent this matter of a clear goal like that? Why didn’t you consult with 24hrs and take up this matter to FIFA. When did FAZ BECOME FIFA. Please take these matters of football serious the government spend millions of Kwachas’. It is clear that some of you, you had a cut from $10,000. Bunch of seller out. You betrayed your country because of gold and silver.

  4. Drugsquard Mbewe

    I think this FAZ executive should be reminded that there is tax payers money involved here. Zambians are now very alert to any sign of suspected underhand transactions. Maybe they are not capable of running the most watched and followed sporting activity of the nation later alone the world. Did we advocate for a negative change?? I am still Loading………….

  5. kentra

    There is no need of talking about FIFA rules,,you just have to complain to FIFA. Caution,, ak,don’t wait to be told, that’s your job,we don’t want idol faz President… If you are fit resign..

  6. Agape c mukuma

    True mahn.#pertition

  7. benjamin

    True

    • Beyard

      Mr kamanga and your group I think mwali lyamo muletwekata mumeso.

  8. patzan

    AK, what external interference to the referee are you talking about? Would you tell if there was any or wouid we tell if you yourself had any for not making any move? Your job was just to file a complaint, the rest was for FIFA to investigate and decide, not you. Be firm with soccer issues to scape disappointments by the fans.

  9. Chimba the 1st

    You’re a fake president, jst drop out. we need knowledgeble people to be on that position…..you don’t study the football rules…

  10. Tito

    It is important for someone to be informed(educated) before he/she may seek office. Knowing one’s rights and responsibilities gives courage to take a courageous decision in serious matters of concern like the one on the ground. It is so sad and alarming to realise that some of our officials who are entrusted to preside over the football affairs do not even have enough understanding on the FIFA’s constitution and other related matters.

  11. Tito

    Sad

  12. Chikubabe season

    Zambia will not develope sure Kananga u have not read code awe mwadi even a simple things you are fairing to react

  13. Harrison Msiska

    Zambia Won That Game To Nigeria.They Should Give Zambia The Points!

  14. kekeyatata

    tHis man z lazy,sturbone & weaky,why he fail 2 follow that issue of a clear goal?He busy preaching about penal cord,pipo knows cords,wen the refferee was bias,u know that,now u want to prented as if the game was just oky while not.

  15. Jr

    Kamanga, my tribal cousin, u really av failed us as a nation. Ukukana teyapo bola, kwalenga ba
    Nigeria get that chance of representing Africa, pa mbale. On moral grounds, plse resign! Chacilamo!!!

  16. kk

    We thought ,we have educated people in FAZ while they are not .Our leaders who can’t interpret FIFA constitution toobad

  17. kk

    We thought , we have educated people in FAZ while they are not.we have leader who can’t interpret FIFA constitution too bad for motheZambia but SHAME be on you

    kikikikik.

  18. kk

    We thought , we have educated people in FAZ while they are not.we have leader who can’t interpret FIFA constitution too bad for motheZambia but SHAME be on you

    k

  19. kk

    Too BAD

  20. Leonard Mubenge

    where is patriotism in you kamanga, you’ve failed us. why don’t you just give way to someone with know how.

  21. JvM

    YABA…COWARD HYENAS!!! KAMANGA HAS HIS TAIL FIRMLY BETWEEN HIS LEGS UP TO THIS MOMENT. EDUCATION DOESN’T SEEM TO HAVE HELPED HIM AT ALL.

  22. The pastor

    Until now,when i watch that game it pains me EISH.The dissallowed goal,the push/foul on our player jst before nigeria scored the goal.Our FAZ HAS DISAPPOINTED US BIG TIME

  23. Ray Mulowa

    yaba kamanga and your group should resign,kalusha was the best man for FAZ this is the lesson for zambian bcos we’re the video referre it was a superb goal.FAZ don’t even open your mouth bcos it’s only venom that is coming out.

  24. 42 fire trucks @$42billion

    This Kamanga thing is just a failed project also,which fifa article denies Zambia to appeal but allows Ghana and Burkina Faso to appeal. We need to learn from him am told he is a lawyer as while

  25. Bj

    Kamanga, had u bn watching the game from Zambia like most of us, the excuse would av bn lenses! That clearly shows how incompetent ur in football administration. Even your chain of failures from club to club, tells a disappointing story. Baaba, better quit now! Wat happend at Ngonga’s mum can easily b at your door steps sooner than later. Ndeloleshafye!!!

  26. Chinyama

    Indeed this is a very disappointing and uncaring Faz ever in the history of Zambian football.

  27. lucas

    This wat we call arrogant leaders especially the faz president he can’t even take action over such serious matters. Stupid,fake, lazyness and shallow are in u guys, sly busturd foolish vimadisapointment leaders if ure failing let those who are sharp take the position Nosense

  28. Kalunga Aubrey masuzyo

    Ndeloleshafye

  29. lazz man

    Y can’t u just cal them for return match

  30. Chunga K

    Kamanga made the decision of not appealing to fifa alone without consulting his fellows , and he was convinced that it’ll not go any where. What kind of a leader is he? When you you are lacking some info, beta you are quiet, than talk

  31. stanza

    Kamanga is afraid of loosing his job,he is a mangwam,a cockroach.

  32. commander

    Too bad

  33. kabamba cossam

    The game between Zambia and nigeria which was on sartuday,FAZ failed to perform their duty the reason is simple and straight foward for denying a clear goal and later fail to react.think about it.

  34. Sj

    But Tax payers are not going to continue having/maintaining/PAYING an inefficient President @ FAZ who’ll kill the morale of the game Country wide, he is a burden TO THE FANS/TAX PAYER, whose Meagre paid. INSTEAD of protecting his FLOCK from mal practice, he is a FOE to his own flock. HISTORY HAS THE NASTY HABIT OF REPEATING ITSELF. If it was not a DIRAMBA at the helm of distruction it had to be @ the DISTRUCTIVE hands of DOMBO. Our rep.clearly does not know his role @ FAZ someone sit him down the Zed way and assist in letting him know where his boundaries start and end. I REST my Case.Comment

  35. mathews

    Tulabisha waka

  36. Micay

    Oky bwana president why did your Association refuse to petition the disallowed goal
    We want to know

  37. a

    In Zambia this ill attitude of putting people who are not qualified in high positions where they should not be is destroying our mother land Zambia when we talk of education linkages are bringing ill pipo in power surely faz president u even need linkages to do a simple like appealing maybe u also need a linkage surely were is Zambia going to, do u think we will develop with those ill attitudes plz change Zambia

  38. august

    In Zambia this ill attitude of putting people who are not qualified in high positions where they should not be is destroying our mother land Zambia when we talk of education linkages are bringing ill pipo in power surely faz president u even need linkages to do a simple like appealing maybe u also need a linkage surely were is Zambia going to, do u think we will develop with those ill attitudes plz change Zambia

  39. Gilias peter sichande

    Ba Faz kuwayawayfya there cowards.

  40. Cj

    Return the match 😏😏

  41. Osward mwelwa

    Bushe kwena that goal kuti mwakana.baponga / bakamanga do something pls

  42. patzan

    Kamanga you were warned before departure for Uyo that if you come back with a genuine lose, no problem, but with this dubiously gained defeat, the wrath of Zambians is now on you. Make a comment or just apologise to calm down the turbulence you have caused otherwise we won’t stop talking. Mind you that denied goal is still a fresh wound inflicted on us.

  43. Oliver

    do something that game we won… no need of dissalowing the goal

  44. Jb

    Besides whateva, kamanga was bribed. Why didnt he come back the following day after the game? Look pipo, not all precedeces are the same. There are no two issues that are the same. I am in Nigeria where pipo were expecting Zamnia to petition but bcoz they bribed the 4az officials it wont be possible. We shud not co,pare the South Africa game but we have the Ghana game n the Zambia game itself. In Africa pipo feel inferior even whe they are right. The Fifa statutes do not state that you cannot petition but give conditions which are not static bcoz they will be reviewed in future. The Ambia game could have give a better platform for review but Kamanga was bribed. We have evidence foe this.

  45. jay jnr

    Time worst, how can u decide to follow up the matter when its too late

  46. ZAMBIA ONE

    The 419 hoodlums really bribed Kamanga and the entire FAZ.Now we have these fools dragging their feet over this matter FIFA encourages fair play but it seems they are condoning corruption.Game betting has taken over football and refs are being bought to influence the outcomes of games.Kamanga is a traitor.

  47. Morgan lombe

    Please,kindly resign for failing the team and the nation in this manner. World cup is the pinnacle of football,we can’t wait another four years because of your inefficiency.

  48. Selase

    Tamwabapo ba FAZ

    • Bwalya

      Nigeria is laughing at Zambia because of Kamanga .you cannot be a judge at your own case . Kamanga was buying time to appeal. He has failed us . Let him go.

      Nigeria is laughing at Zambia because of Kamanga .You cannot be a judge at your own case.Kamanga was buying time to appeal .He’s failed us.

    • Bwalya

      Nigeria is laughing at Zambia because of Kamanga. You cannot be a judge at your own case. You have failed us. Kamanga deliberately delayed the appeal .

  49. Bwalya

    Kamanga resign you have failed us.I did not know you are dull. Let’s have another group which is proactive to run Faz.

  50. Bwalya

    Nigeria is

    Nigeria is laughing at Zambia because of Kamanga .You cannot be a judge at your own case.Kamanga was buying time to appeal .He’s failed us.

  51. Mr mugala

    Mmmm

  52. Myk

    I thought that Zambians understand the game of football but I was wrong.ur players were busy running around the field without putting passes together,the player was offside and the ref blew his whistle before he scored d goal which is even a bookable offence, the ref was lenient. U guy should stop crying,Nig beat Zambia home and away,Zambia can never never get a draw against d super eagles,suck it up folks

  53. Im

    Let the truth be told, there wasn’t any goal . When the referee blew for offside the Nigerians relaxed and that made the Mweene score. The chances that the skipper would score without the whistle been blown was slim. Mweene ought to be booked. If he’s honest he would agree he heard the whistle before slotting the goal. If the goal stand it will be grave dishonesty to the Nigerians who relaxed after the whistle went off. The FAZ president was correct after all .

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