The Football Association of Zambia has displayed some alarming levels of arrogance after it ignored a query from the Zambia Competition and Consumer Protection Commission demanding clarity on the contract the body entered with mobile giant MTN.
The ZCCPC stepped into a dispute after City of Lusaka was banned from using Woodlands Stadium as a result of a deal the club signed with Vodafone that FAZ dimmed in conflict with their MTN league agreement.
When querying the matter, ZCCPC have denied MTN involvement in banning City of Lusaka for using the stadium for any football competition.
MTN’s response suggests the decision to ban City of Lusaka was solely done by FAZ.
FAZ has however failed to respond to the ZCCPC either because they are exercising arrogance of statutes or its one of the many cases of unbridled incompetence associated with the current secretariat.
According to a statement released today, FAZ have not responded to correspondence from ZCCPC.
The commission has since orderd that City of Lusaka be allowed to use Vodafone Stadium as the matter continues to be investigated.
READ THE STATEMENT BELOW
Competition and Consumer Protection Commission
PRESS STATEMENT 25th October 2017
CCPC BOARD IMPOSES INTERIM MEASURES AGAINST MTN ZAMBIA AND FAZ FOR ENGAGING IN ANTI COMPETITIVE AND RESTRICIVE BUSINESS PRACTISES.
The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission(CCPC) has in the interim directed Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) and MTN Zambia (MTN) to allow City of Lusaka Football Club to use the Woodlands Stadium until investigations commenced by the Commission have been concluded. Further the Commission has allowed Woodlands Stadium to be used for other football fixtures such as cup tournaments with immediate effect.
The decision to place interim measures allowing the use of the stadium was made by the Technical Committee of the Board on 20th October 2017 in Lusaka. This interim measure undertaken by the Commission is provided for under section 62 of the Competition and Consumer Protection Act no. 24 of 2010. This section allows the Commission to offer relief to a party of an ongoing investigation of an alleged anti-competitive conduct. The Commission had received allegations on 24th August 2017 that the FAZ and MTN had issued a letter to City of Lusaka F.C. that prohibited the use of Woodlands stadium for any Super League matches due to the presence of Vodafone Zambia (Vodafone) paraphernalia and branding within the stadium.
It was also reported that FAZ advised City of Lusaka F.C. to find an alternative venue for their remaining home fixtures for the season as the branding by Vodafone was allegedly in violation of the sponsorship agreement between FAZ and MTN.
The Commission instituted investigations and wrote to FAZ and MTN on the above allegations on 6th September 2017, and to-date has not received any response from FAZ, while MTN responded stating that they did not make the decision to stop Vodafone from branding the stadium and evicting the club from the stadium as the decision was entirely made by FAZ.
Investigations thus far have revealed that City of Lusaka and other sponsors have from the 24th of August 2017 to the 4th of October 2017 incurred an estimated total loss of three million seven hundred and thirteen kwacha (K3,713,000) and are likely to lose sponsorship if the status core continues.
Therefore, based on these facts, the Technical Committee of Board put in place interim measures allowing the use of the stadium with immediate effect, until such time as full investigations are completed by the Commission.
The Commission will continue to get necessary information regarding this matter to enable a thorough investigation and the Media will continue to be updated on the findings and course of action.
Mrs Namukolo Kasumpa,
Public Relations Officer,
Competition and Consumer Protection Commission.