OPINION: The Kalu-Kamanga Debacle, Another 48 Hours More

In just 48 hours, the strenuous debate around who takes the nomination for the CAF executive committee membership will be closed. Incumbent Kalusha Bwalya who has served two terms has expressed interest in re-contesting the seat he won while he was FAZ president. He has however hit a brick wall has current FAZ president Andrew Kamanga has also expressed interest and filed his nomination for the seat. What has followed the drama has been a nation bitterly divided on account of their loyalties to the two individuals. Kalusha has pulled every trick in the bag in the last few weeks to get Kamanga to accede to his demands including a meeting with the minister of sports Moses Mawere.

Nothing as yet has come off any of those attempts with even some top ranking government officials dragged in the equation with the Lusaka Province minister Bowman Lusambo taking up the chief cheer leader role.  However, government’s possible intervention has been constrained at the lingering squeal of interference that FIFA abhors. It is an act that once too often attracts a ban for government interference. On the one hand Kamanga has stood his ground whipping up his right to contest as incumbent. Questions have lingered on the wisdom of seeking a continental office when domestically things have fallen apart on the pitch with two successive Africa Cup of Nations failures. His critics have urged him to stick to the domestic front and allow his countryman fly the continental flag.

Kamanga has instead thrown in the integrity test card that he knows too well that his predecessor’s flirtation with a FIFA ban disqualifies. However, the big men at CAF do not prescribe that requisite test despite FIFA requiring for anyone aspiring for office. It was on this ground that the Great Kalu withdrew from a FIFA executive committee seat in 2016 which was won by Malawian national Walter Nyamilandu. Tellingly the Great one has never come back to tell the nation how he withdrew from that race. Kamanga insists the integrity test is inscribed in FAZ statutes and will apply it on his adversary. On his part Great Kalu has thrown the last arrow by contacting FAZ executive committee members directly to seek their support on his call for the meeting that the minister told the nation was agreed to by both. However, the Great one has a record of never extending any such courtesies to his adversaries while he was in office.

Whatever the case, the two gentlemen have at least 48 hours to settle their duel or forever hold their peace. May the best candidate fly the Zambian flag!


  1. Bola na lesa

    This is Kamanga’s time . Ba Kalu mulekwatako insoni .

    • JO

      Kalusha has no integrity left in him. He cannot represent us at CAF


    More chance great Kalu he have experience go >>>>.

  3. Wanyala

    Iwe ka Bola na fyototo,idiot these are not politics kolwe iwe.This is pure administration.Your kamanga has failed,let him concentrate on the local football for the last time.Because next election the great kalu is coming back,team kalu

  4. Whiteson

    kkkkkkkkk… Wanyala so “fyototo” stands for “lesa”? kkkkkkkkk …fyototo waluse…..

  5. Hon. DB

    It is NOT necessary to recycle leaders

  6. enalo

    Failing a lower seat local
    puts one off for higher one.

  7. Geoffrey Bwamba Mwalya

    Hon.DB you are very right, no need to recycle leaders.

  8. Joseph Mwenya

    Ba Bola na lesa, muleibwelamo! During Kalusha Bwalya We won the Africa Cap in2012, During your Kamanga where are we now, Tatukwetefye uwakupyana Kalusha just let him continue, ukucila tukasebane twakana!!! Go go Kalu! Lyonse ma Failure, Zambia we calo ubusuma tuleya kwi?…

  9. coaches1

    kamanga and your group you have nothing since u took office that shows that, u know nothing about football let the people who has knowledge about football manage it go to the farm mambala that’s the place u belong to koswe mupoto

  10. coaches1

    kamanga and your group you have done nothing since u took office that shows that, u know nothing about football let the people who has knowledge about football manage it go to the farm mambala that’s the place u belong to koswe mupoto

  11. Samson phiri

    let kalu n kamanga work together as one.
    one Zambia one nation

  12. kamulela mp

    Have failed grade 7 who can allow you to go to grade 8

  13. SIDO

    Iwe Kamanga, are you blind? Can’t you see ati ifya bola tafyakukonka. Africa cup is about to begin and ifye we just gonna be watching other teams because of you. Wekapubawe

  14. Kabwela

    What does Ba Kamanga offered for Zambian football? Let him live Kalusha to stand, & him to concentrate on improving Zambian football.

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