And Lungu told the national team that his government supports Kalusha Bwalya’s leadership. Kalusha Bwalya is facing a huge challenge on his continued stay as head of FAZ.
Lungu was speaking when he visited Chipolopolo squad at the Heroes Stadium ahead of Sunday’s AFCON qualifier against Kenya.
Lungu told FAZ president Kalusha Bwalya that he will support him in all his endeavours as head of the national soccer governing body.
The PF leader said football was the country’s leading sport stressing that in times when the team did not win, the nation suffered “BP”.
Talking to skipper Rainford Kalaba, Lungu said:
“Provide strong leadership like me,” Lungu told Kalaba as other FAZ officials clapped.
FAZ officils present were Kalusha Bwalya, Committee member Lee Kawanu, head of licensing Erick Mwanza, general secretary George Kasengele, Finance Manager Sam Phiri and members of the Zambia technical bench.
Lungu was accompanied by his aides Amos Chanda, Kaizer Zulu and Home Affairs minister Davies Mwila and was met on arrival in the ZAF helicopter by the Deputy Sports Minister Ronald Chitotela, PF area councillor Lee Mukupa and the Faz delegation.
Directing his attention to Kalusha, President Lungu affirmed his support to Faz programmes and stressed that he would continue to support and back Kalusha in his leadership of the game.
He urged Kalusha to continue on the platform of hard work and development saying the state was happy with his leadership and achievements that were transforming Zambian football.