Nchanga Rangers’ appeal against their demotion looks to have received a final knockout blow when on Tuesday, Faz decided today effected the Bosman ruling.
And Faz spokesman Emmanuel Munaile said that Rangers appeal against relegation will not be heard by the Faz council on April 18 during the associations annual general meeting.
“The executive committee of the Football Association of Zambia guided by Article 6 of the constitution has decided that the matter in which Nchanga FC have requested be tabled before the Faz annual general meeting for the awarding of points in their dispute of the use of players from Chambishi FC will not be heard at the next Faz AGM to take place at the Mulungushi international conference Centre on April 18-19, 2009,” Munaile said.
“Article 6 of the Faz constitution states that the status of the players and the provisions for their transfer shall be regulated by the executive committee of the Faz in accordance with the current Fifa regulations for the status and transfer of players.
“Accordingly and in line with Faz and Fifa regulations and the Bosman Ruling of 1995 this therefore means that the league standings or provided for by the premier league organizing committee which have been approved by the executive committee for the 2008 season will stand and that Nchanga Rangers FC will this weekend of 28-29 march play in Division One north.
“The Faz council just like the Fifa congress is a policy making body which does not consider matters of a dispute nature as awarding of points and status of players.
“Matters of such nature have been given their relevant grievance and appellant procedures under the constitution and this is constituent with the Fifa statues.”
And so with this ruling Rangers are expected to make their lower league debut this Sunday with a Division One north Week 3 home match when they host early leaders and unbeaten Afrisports at Nchanga stadium in Chingola.
Rangers earlier won points in an appeal against Chambishi for using two unregistered players in a Week 16 league game last season that finished 0-0 at Chambishi Grounds on August 2.
The two players in question were former Rangers signees Gerald Bwalya and Stephen Sakala whom the Chingola club allegedly claim were still their players and not free agents.
This was despite the duo being fired in the first half of the 2008 season by Rangers who claimed that the Chingola club was still entitled to a transfer fee for players they had dismissed as they were still registered with them.
Rangers officially finish in 13th place on 35 points on the Premier Division table after losing two points off the 37 points they had won in their appeal, while Dynamos revert to 12th on 35 points but with a better goal difference to surivive the drop.