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MINISTRY OF SPORTS, FAZ OPEN NEW CHAPTER

PRESS STATEMENT ON THE ADMINISTRATION OF FOOTBALL IN ZAMBIA
(For Immediate Release)

14th May, 2020

MINISTRY OF SPORTS, FAZ OPEN NEW CHAPTER

The Ministry of Youth, Sport and Child Development and the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) wish to inform the football fraternity in Zambia that on 12th May, 2020, Hon. Emmanuel Mulenga MP and Minister of Youth, Sport and Child Development called for a Meeting with the FAZ President Mr. Andrew Kamanga and his Executive to urgently iron out outstanding issues between the two institutions.

Sports Minister, Hon. Emmanuel Mulenga (MP) chaired the meeting with FAZ president Andrew Kamanga heading the FAZ delegation. Others in attendance were Joe Kapembwa (Permanent Secretary), John Zulu (Director of Sports), Cade Chikobo (Deputy Director of Sports) and Raphael Mulenga (Acting General Secretary NSCZ).

The FAZ delegation included Rix Mweemba (FAZ Vice President), Adrian Kashala (FAZ General Secretary) and Joseph Chimpampwe (FAZ Deputy General Secretary). The meeting was held in a cordial atmosphere with both parties candidly expressing their thoughts and views.
After the meeting, the parties agreed on the following issues:
1. The FAZ Executive led by President, Mr. Andrew Kamanga pledged to work closely with the Ministry of Youth Sport and Child Development in ensuring the development of football in Zambia and achieve positive results for all the teams;

2. The two parties agreed to forge a new chapter in their relationship. Both parties admitted that the fallout was largely due to miscommunication. To this end, the two parties agreed to improve communication to avoid misunderstandings.

3. The parties also agreed that administrative matters which the Ministry of Youth Sport and Child Development was handling would be dealt with expeditiously in the interest of the game of football. This includes the matter relating to regularizing the Contract for the National Team Coach.
During the meeting FAZ gave its account on the electoral process detailing some of the areas that had sparked a lot of controversy. The Executive also outlined the Constitutional Amendments, Electoral Committee and Electoral College that were ratified by the FAZ Council. FAZ further pledged to fully update the Ministry of Sports through the National Sports Council of Zambia (NSCZ) about the electoral process.

The FAZ Executive also appealed to the Ministry of Youth Sport and Child Development to expedite the conclusion of the Memorandum of Understanding with FAZ on the upgrading of selected provincial sports centres indicating that time was of essence and that, if there was further delay, Zambia risked not accessing funds from the FIFA Infrastructure Development Project.
Further, the FAZ Executive appealed to the Ministry to consider establishing a Sports Arbitration Tribunal under the National Sports Council of Zambia to help resolve some of the challenges facing various sports federation at local level.
In conclusion, the Minister of Youth, Sport and Child Development committed to provide policy and legal guidance in the administration of football while the FAZ President reiterated the Executive Committees’ commitment to ensuring that it works with government for the development of football in Zambia.

Joe Kapembwa Adrian Kashala
Permanent Secretary Secretary General

16 Comments

  1. Simeon Daka

    That’s a good development guys keep it up

  2. Jon Walter Nindi

    This has been long overdue. it is only through dialogue rather than being confrontational can issues or challenge be resolved. Our objective is one, to improve football in Zambia. We need to learn that we can assist improve football even outside the corridors of FAZ. Let us eliminate the notion that we can contribute only if we are part of FAZ Executive or indeed President of FAZ. Well done!!

  3. Khumalo

    It’s a great move keep it up💯💯

  4. Kwizhi

    Good move but has the minister agreed with Faz to work with the current coach coz the minister used to refuse that he dt know the issue of the coach!!.

  5. Maliki

    Good move keep it up

  6. Jimmy shaba

    Dialogue is the only civilised way of solving problems

  7. Koswe

    I don’t think. Mr. Kamanga will follow what was discussed

  8. William Suku

    Am liking this series mwa… Nikwisa’tuliya

    ! -tsm- !

  9. Jms

    Good move,but we don’t need a situation whereby the received data opposite in that, we hear of dialogue but their were just told what to do,in this case things back fire.

  10. Slim

    GOOD GOOD, WE HOPE AND PRAY THAT ALL COMSIDER ZAMBIA BIGGER THAN A LEGEND
    IN FACT ZAMBIA IS THE LEGEND FOR ALL SEASONS OTHERS JUST IMITATORS.

  11. Razor

    They haven’t solved anything because Kalusha and his band of thieves were not invited so they will pursue their own agenda which is to get into FAZ coffers at any cost.

  12. Mwanza

    Good move thanks

  13. Lee

    Can things just change for the betterment of Zambia, and for the future of football in zambia as a whole, repeating and recycling old outdated ideas, and same old people and yielding no positive results or any changes….. come on. Just change things . Kalusha has nothing new or innovative to contribute let him retire..honestly. in with the new.

  14. Daniel Banda

    Good to hear, but where did the misunderstanding come from if the each of the two institutions had terms of reference and knew their roles? The confusion comes in when the leadership in these establishments don’t follow the rules of engagement.

  15. Stephen

    Someone said the attendance of Kalusha in the meeting why inviting him with his band as if they are in offices I don’t think it iwas necessary these are the people who bring confusions in the football fraternity what is he going to do what he did not do in 8 years he was in the office

  16. Luckyz king west

    Hw far with faz election so far ? N the issue between Andrew kamanga n kalu goes

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