FAZ dragging feet to endorse Bwalya's FIFA Council aspirations

FAZ dragging feet to endorse Bwalya's FIFA Council aspirations
Kalusha Bwalya

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Nov 01, 2016. 11:25

Information coming through from Zambia is that the Football Association of Zambia is dragging its feet to endorse former President, Kalusha Bwalya to join the FIFA Council next year.

Media reports suggest that Bwalya has shown interest in contesting for an executive committee member position in the FIFA Council and has asked FAZ to write him a nomination letter.

However, FAZ boss Andrew Kamanga says the football governing body will not issue a letter of nomination to Bwalya until COSAFA decides who to support during the FIFA Council elections next year.

Reports reveal that FAZ vice-president Richard Kazala is pushing Kamanga to write the letter and claims Kamanga's refusal is because of a sour relationship with his predecessor.

Furthermore, media reports indicate that the letter has left the FAZ executive divided with some members pressurizing Kamanga to sign it.

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“I attended the COSAFA meeting and COSAFA agreed that they will nominate people who will have the full support of the Council,” said Kamanga to the Post of Zambia website.

“Why should we turn our back on the regional body’s agreement? Our constitution is clear on our affiliation to these football bodies.

“So I have told the executive committee to choose: it’s either we pull out of COSAFA and write a letter for Kalusha or respect the decision of COSAFA.”

Kamanga said COSAFA had decided that as member countries, the regional body would nominate and support people at the FIFA Council.




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