Financial irregularities in FAZ exposed at AGM

Financial irregularities in FAZ exposed at AGM

IMG_1496[1] IMG_1508[1]Financial irregularities in the  Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) have been uncovered at the  annual general meeting held at the Mulungushi Rock of Authority.

Such irregularities include FAZ’s failure to remit the club sponsorship funds and the prize money from the 2012 Africa cup of nations’ victory.

Councilors whose teams did not receive their money from FAZ were annoyed when General Secretary George Kasengele failed to explain why the money was not remitted. In his response Kasengele claimed that some bank accounts for the clubs were unknown and that FAZ was still disbursing funds.

The Kalusha Bwalya led executive also spent K28,162,707 as opposed to the budgeted K25,862,123 in the 2013 financial year but justified the over expenditure by saying some of it was used to sponsor the women’s football team which was booted out of the World cup games in the preliminary rounds. Government has also claimed to have funded the women national team. The budget also included Zambia’s three week’s stay at 2013 South African Afcon tournament but Zambia was booted out in the first round.

Another councilor accused some referees of giving favours to Kalusha’s division two team, K-stars but the comment upset Kalusha who ordered the speaker to sit down and stop making ‘unsubstantiated complaints’.

Earlier there was near confusion when pro Kalusha thugs from Lusaka abruptly put up rules that all delegates must be formally dressed. Some councilors who came from as far as Luapula and Eastern provinces were barred and nearly protested but heavy police presence stopped them. Even journalists from some state and private media houses were denied entry on grounds of informal dress, FAZ communications manager Nkweto Tembwe was heard telling some journalists to go and buy suits and neckties for them to be allowed to cover the AGM.

Earlier in the week, FAZ imposed a life ban on veteran soccer administrator and coach of Amakumbi stars football club Simata Simata in order to block him from attending today’s AGM but Simata said he had no intention of attending the FAZ AGMs and that he would appeal the decision.

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