President Rupiah Banda, whose infamous sons are believed to be behind the confusion in the administration of football in Zambia, has appealed to what he calls factions in the football association of Zambia to resolve the crisis.
In effect, president Banda has recognised the group led by Simatata Simtaa but wants to appear neutral.
A statement from president Banda who is also ‘patron’ of FAZ, says he is deeply concerned with the continued wrangles that have rocked Zambian football administration and appealed for dialogue among the leaders.
He said he has followed the wrangles in FAZ with keen interest and he is disappointed that the situation is getting out of hand. He noted that football in Zambia, like in many other countries, is number one sport that unites the country across partisan interests and attracts thousands of followers.
“It is, therefore, important that these problems affecting the administration of football are resolved quickly so that concentration should be on developing the sport,” President Banda said.
President Banda said the two camps within FAZ need to find a way of resolving their differences before the situation worsens. He said having two parallel FAZ Executive Committees is not healthy for the development of football and may in the long-run negatively affect the performance of players and their teams.
He als appealed to the world football governing body, FIFA to urgently help resolve the problems affecting the administration of football in Zambia. He said his Government will not interfere with the administration of football in Zambia but will use the available conflict resolution mechanism through FIFA to try and resolve the wrangles.