The National Sports Council of Zambia (NSCZ) has suspended Faz president Kalusha Bwalya from all official sporting engagements.
This is after Kalusha defied the local supreme sporting body’s summons to appear before them today in Lusaka over his role in the controversial transfer of Emmanuel Mayuka from Kabwe Warriors to Maccabi Tel Aviv.
NSCZ chairman Dr. Julius Sakala confirmed Kalusha suspension during a press briefing in Ndola Thursday afternoon where he unveiled the official letter to the Faz president after the latter snubbed to appear before them after he countered it with an official letter to Fifa over the same matter.
“Dear Mr. Bwalya we refer to your letter addressed to the NSCZ we note with regret that you have not appeared before the national sports council disciplinary committee instead you have informed us that you have wrote to Fifa,” the letter to Kalusha from the NSCZ read in part.
“We have resolved that you be suspended with immediate effect from all activities of your association and from all sporting activities of those association which fall under the NSCZ pending your appearance before the council disciplinary committee this has been made under the provisions of section 10 (3) of the national sports council Act number 15 of the laws of Zambia.”
And Dr Sakala said the NSCZ was dismayed by Kalusha’s actions.
“We the sports council with the emergence consultation from colleagues we have take exception to this type of approach by Faz president because we are operating under an Act of Parliament which has nothing to do with the process of getting a comment from Fifa,” Dr Sakala said.
“Fifa is not a part to our investigations we have found. In my capacity as NSCZ chairman on behalf of the council I have written to Mr. Bwalya today and the minister of sport in the following manner.”
Meanwhile, Faz vice president Emmanuel Munaile and association general secretary George Kasengele who were also summoned did oblige and appeared before the NSCZ this week.
With this development, Kalusha will not chair this weekends Faz annual general meeting and Munaile will instead oversee proceedings.