Nkosi Warriors secretary Gift Chaipa, who is one of the campaigners for the ECM, said in Lusaka yesterday that a notice for the meeting would be delivered to FAZ general secretary George Kasengele before end of this week.
Chaipa said the ECM would be held this month but the date and venue for the gathering would be announced after delivering the notice with the FAZ secretariat.
He said the ECM convenors would not seek a request from the FAZ general secretary but merely notify him of their intentions because he was allegedly the chief campaigner for the embattled Kalusha Bwalya-FAZ executive team.
Chaipa said the date and venue had been set but would only be announced after the notice had been handed over to the secretariat.
He said his group was not petitioning for anything but calling for an ECM to put in place a legitimate FAZ executive committee.
“This is not a petition but a call for an emergency council meeting. It will be held this month and the nation will be told this week the venue and date for this meeting,” he said.
Chaipa reiterated that the Kalusha-led FAZ executive became dysfunctional after the resignation of vice-president, Emmanuel Munaile and committee members, Henschel Chitembeya, Pivoty Simwanza and Violet Bwalya.
[pullquote]Chaipa said the ECM matter had nothing to do with FAZ employees and Mwanza was wrong to attack his employers in the Press because by doing so, he was risking his job. [/pullquote]
He said only the councillors had powers to call for an ECM since Kalusha had no mandate to do so.
The former Zambia Under-20 team manager advised FAZ communications manager Erick Mwanza to refrain from commenting on policy matters which involved his employers.
Chaipa said the ECM matter had nothing to do with FAZ employees and Mwanza was wrong to attack his employers in the Press because by doing so, he was risking his job.
Meanwhile, MULTI-CHOICE Zambia says the boycott of matches by KCM/FAZ Premier League teams is affecting its coverage of live broadcasts of the local football and hopes the impasse between the FAZ and its affiliates will soon be resolved.
Multi-Choice public relations manager Marlon Kananda said in Lusaka yesterday that matches’ boycott was regrettable as millions of the Zambian football league followers were being denied an opportunity to follow the exciting season-closing stages of the 2010 campaign.
Supersport was expected to show some of the week-29 FAZ-KCM Premier League games live last weekend but were forced to cancel due to the boycott.
Premier Division clubs are boycotting matches to force the Kalusha Bwalya-led FAZ executive committee call for an emergency council meeting (ECM) to resolve constitutional issues following the resignation of four FAZ executive members.
Kananda said Multi-Choice would remain committed to ensuring that the Zambian game was improved through live broadcasts of matches and expressed hope that FAZ and member clubs would resolve their differences soon.
[pullquote]“It is an unfortunate situation that games have been boycotted but as Multi-Choice/Supersport, we remain committed to ensuring that the Zambian game is improved through live broadcasts and it is our hope that this impasse is resolved as quickly as possible,” he said.[/pullquote]
He said it had become difficult to plan for the live matches in view of what was happening, especially that the Zambian league had reached its climax with some exciting matches to look for in terms of which team wins the league and who gets relegated to the lower ranks.
“It is an unfortunate situation that games have been boycotted but as Multi-Choice/Supersport, we remain committed to ensuring that the Zambian game is improved through live broadcasts and it is our hope that this impasse is resolved as quickly as possible,” he said.
On the Barclays Cup finals, Kananda said Supersport would hold talks with FAZ, Barclays, the Referees Association of Zambia (RAZ) and the clubs to chat the way forward ahead of the match.
He said it was important to get first-hand information before the crew starts getting ready to beam the game live as it would be expensive on their part should the game not take place as scheduled.
[Times of Zambia]