ZANACO relegated

Zambia’s Premier league defending champions Zanaco F. C is at the verge of relegation as they have missed more than three league games which according to the Zambian Football statutes deserves a demotion.

ZANIS sports reports Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) Communications Officer Erick Mwanza saying this afternoon that the matter regarding ZANACO is in the hands of the Disciplinary Committe (DC) which will decide whether the reigning champions will be demoted for missing the matches.
Mwanza told journalists at briefing at Football house , today, that the secretariat which runs the league has no mandate to rule as to whether the club should be demoted or not but will wait for the outcomes from the DC before they publish the standing on log table.
He said all the teams that did not fulfill their fixture matches forfeited points which were given to their opponent adding that missing three games automatically renders the team demoted.
Recently, Zanaco F.C and Green Buffaloes F.C shunned their Week 19 fixture in protest of FAZ president Kalusha Bwalya’s continued illegal hold on power.

And FAZ has maintained that it will hold the Emergency Committee Meeting (ECM) on 27th November 2010 contrary to the 26th November which was petitioners claim they have formed the two-third majority.

Mwanza said FAZ do not recognize the legality of the petitioner which he said make them an illegal board to set the date for the ECM.
The FAZ Communications officer since called on members of FAZ, stakeholders and the public to disregard the 26th November meeting which was arranged by petitioners and wait for the one which FAZ has arranged on November 27, 2010.
Mwanza said people should not be misinformed by Simata Simata and other petitioners who he said has no legal mandate to call for an ECM.
He said Simata is supposed to appear before the Disciplinary Committe (DC) for attacking the assocciation adding that other like Cephas Katongo have been attacking the association but could not be punished by the DC as he is not a member of FAZ.
Meanwhile Mwanza says Zambian players playing for TP Mazembe in the neighbouring D.R Congo will not be available for the Confederation of Eastern and Central African Football Association (CECAFA).
These are Rainford Kalaba, Hichani Himonde, Emmanuel Mbola, Given Singuluma who are all registered by FIFA to feature for TP Mazembe in the club championship.
Mwanza said other players such as James Chamanga, Kalililo Kakonje, Chisamba Lungu and others whose clubs have closed the season have confirmed their availability for the tournament in Tanzania.
The Chipolopolo Boys who will face the host in the opening match will resume camp tomorrow before their depart for Dar-e-salaam on Wednesday.

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