Kalusha maintained as president as FIFA rejects ‘rebels’

The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) council which sat at Zambezi Source Lodge in Kabwe on Saturday has maintained Kalusha Bwalya as its president.

And FIFA has rejected a pararel structure created by some people who are oppsed to Kalusha’ leadership.

FIFA head of member associations Primo Corvaro who was in Kabwe for the FAZ meeting said regardless of the problems that had recently beset FAZ, members seeking change should wait for 2012.

“We will not recognise the new executive, they did not follow procedure,” Corvaro said. “There are many ways of expressing anger. They should wait for 2012.”

Police were also brought in to man the gates at the lodge to ensure that non delegates were not allowed in for the council deliberations.

Kalusha Bwalya was maintained as FAZ president and Mao Sampa of Matero United Football Club and James Mpoma, chairman for Flying Eagles Football Club were voted to replace FAZ executive committee members, who resigned.

Later, Bwalya described the affiliates who met in Lusaka for the emergency meeting as rebels. He said it was unfortunate that the so called new executive was planning to take over football house by force.

He said FAZ would deal with them through the right channels.

Bwalya maintained that his team was committed to ensuring that FAZ worked according to its mandate and in the interest of all football lovers in Zambia .

Bwalya added that FAZ under his administration had done a lot citing sponsorship of footballers. He added that never in the history of FAZ had the association been financially sound with a surplus of K3.4 Billion achieved by his team.

The FAZ council in Kabwe was also attended by FIFA representative Corvaro Primo who also said the Lusaka FAZ council was not recognized by FIFA because the world governing body wanted the council to be attended by all football clubs unlike the way things were done.

He said FIFA will maintain the Kalusha Bwalya led FAZ executive and make sure things are done following the right channel.

The parallel football association of Zambia affiliates had their council meeting in Lusaka yesterday where Andrew Kamanga was elected as FAZ president.

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