FAZ responds to AFCON money speculations but says nothing about houses for players

The Football Association says the prize money for winning the AFCON was shared by all 250 members of FAZ, which includes players and officials.

But FAZ has said nothing about the houses government promised to give each player.

FAZ also said nothing about the K400 million donated by Zambian breweries.

FAZ communication manager Eric Mwanza was responding to suggestions that the Chipolopolo squad is yet to see the colour of the money from AFCON.

In an ‘angry’ statement, Mwanza said:

“Going to into the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations finals, the Football Association of Zambia would like to inform the football fraternity and nation that players and officials of the 2012 African champion squad have all been paid their prize money bonuses amounting to K50million per person.

“This is in addition to the bonuses players received amounting to about K300million.

”Further, after paying the national team delegation, FAZ proceeded to spread the share of the Africa Cup bonus with payments to all of our 250 club members.

“We therefore would like to stress that some online publication’s malicious concoctions and rumours to the effect that some players haven’t been paid their share of the Afcon winning prize are false and should therefore be disregarded with the contempt they deserve.

“Such baseless rumours are in our view the work and futile efforts of irresponsible persons whose interest is clearly inimical to the people’s wishes of seeing our football continue to advance and sustain the highest levels of development and success.

“We shall not be distracted by these falsities as our focus is solely on the defence of our Nations Cup title whose excellent preparations have already commenced.”

But FAZ through Mwanza forgot to say when the players were given title deeds to the houses they were promised by government.

FAZ also ‘forgot’ to say whether the K400 million from Zambian Breweries and other donations from the corporate world were also shared by officials and players.

There is also no mention of the $11 000 Azim Dewji, the Tanzanian businessman donated to the Zambian team for being the only team in the region at the AFCON.

On Friday June 29, 2012, Zambia’s sports minister Chishimba Kambwili in a ministerial statement to the Zambian parliament in Lusaka announced that the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) had already received $1.2 million of the prize money from the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

“In terms of how much money in addition to the trophy the Zambia national football team was given for winning the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, the House may wish to know that the team was given $1.5 million,” Kambwili said.

“Of the $1.5 million from the AFCON, the Football Association of Zambia received $1.2 million in two equal tranches of $600,000 leaving a balance of $300,000.

“In this regard, therefore, K1.5 billion ($290,000) has been budgeted to pay the technical bench and players. Each will each receive an amount of K48, 875,000 ($9,500) once the players assemble. ‘.

Why then is FAZ so upset at people seeking clarifications?

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