Faz interim president Andrew Kamanga and his general secretary Simataa Simataa on Sunday set off for Zurich after a visa hitch on Friday and Saturday almost scuttled their journey for Monday’s Fifa meeting over the current Faz impasse.
And sports minister Kenneth Chipungu has replaced his director of sport Bernard Nakachinda on the two-member government panel for the Zurich meeting.
Kamanga left for Zurich together with Chipungu via Dar-es-Salaam to catch a direct flight to Switzerland from Tanzania on Sunday evening.
Simataa and National Sports Council of Zambia chairman Chifumu Banda, who is the second government representative on the trip, flew out via Johannesburg later in the day.
Kalusha Bwalya and Faz general secretary George Kasengele are already in Zurich after leaving on Friday and were joined over the weekend by Faz disciplinary committee head Anthony Kasolo who left on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Kamanga said before departure for Zurich on Sunday morning that he hoped the voice of reason will prevailed during Monday’s meeting at Fifa headquarters.
“We hope they will be reasonable enough to listen to our position,” Kamanga said.
Faz is currently being run by parallel local governing organs after a new interim executive led by Kamanga was elected at an emergency council meeting held in Lusaka on November 26.