Official statement from FIFA on FAZ

The following statement has been posted on the FIFA website regarding the FAZ meeting that took place in Zurich on Monday.
A meeting on the situation of the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has taken place today, 20 December 2010, at the Home of FIFA in Zurich.

The meeting was chaired by FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter, FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke, and Confederation of African Football (CAF) representative Magdi Shams el Din, and included Zambian Minister of Sport Kenneth Chipungu, chairman of National Sports Council of Zambia Chifumu Banda, FAZ president Kalusha Bwalya, FAZ general secretary George Kasengele, FAZ legal expert Antony Kasolo, and representatives of the opposition to the current FAZ Executive Committee, Andrew Kamanga and Simataa Simataa.

During the meeting, it was confirmed that Kalusha Bwalya is the legitimate FAZ president. In the event that some FAZ members want to table a motion of non-confidence against him and his Executive Committee, such a motion would have to be presented at the next general council scheduled on March 2011, following the proper procedures established in the FAZ statutes. As such, if FAZ members would like to lodge such a request for inclusion on the agenda of a council meeting, it shall notify the FAZ general secretary at least 21 days before the date of the meeting. This notification can be copied to FIFA and CAF, which in turn will make sure that it is properly addressed by the FAZ general secretariat.

FIFA and CAF will continue to monitor closely the Zambian situation and they will send representatives to the March 2011 general council meeting.

FIFA would like to thank all the participants in the meeting for their constructive attitude which has allowed them to find an agreement on the current situation of the FAZ.

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