The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) Annual General Meeting held today at Kabwe’s Mulungushi Rock of Authority in Central Province failed to resolve differences with the Andrew Kamanga led Executive Committee walking out of the meeting following the withdrawal of the Vote of No Confidence agenda which was being pushed by the same committee.
The Kamanga led executive was prompted to boycot the meeting after Mazabuka United Chairperson Evans Mushimba withdrew its Vote of No Confidence agenda which was being pushed against the Kalusha Bwalya led Executive.
Reacting to this development, FAZ President Kalusha Bwalay refused to pass the motion of banning Andrew Kamanga abd Simataa Simataa and in the interest of reconciliatio however described the behaviour of the two as uncalled for and warned that if the duo continued with the same behaviour in the next three months they would be subjected to disciplinary action.
In a Live TV broadcast by MUVI Television and monitored by ZANIS in Lusaka today, Bwalya said the AGM was a meeting where matters of policy concerning soccer developments should be resolved and not a platform to castigate one another.
He said Zambia had for a long time held a good history of soccer but wondered why the two and their group were exhibiting such behaviour by walking out of the meeting after the Vote of No Confidence was withdrawn by Mushimba.
Kalusha further urged Andrew Kamanga led Executive to put the interest of players, soccer fans and football first and put personal differences aside and always resort to dialogue.
And FAZ committee member Macha Chilemena described Kalusha Bwalyaa’s action towards the dual as a description of good leadership.
Mr.Chilemena also said people who had moved out of the meeting clearly demonstrated their pure lack of passion for the success of Zambian football.
Speaking at the same meeting, International Football Association (FIFA) Director of Member Association Primo Corvaro said the world soccer governing body and Confederation of African Football (CAF) had been closely following football affairs in Zambia since October last year.
And FIFA Director of Member Associations Primo Covaro, who insisted that the motion be on the agenda, warned that the meeting resolves all contentious issues or possibly face the consequences.
Last night the Andrew Kamanga led executive released a statement saying that they were pleased to announce that a last minute attempt to exclude the vote of no confidence motion using underhand methods at the delayed annual general meeting has been botched.
The interim committee received disturbing news that Mazabuka United, movers of the motion, had been induced to withdraw the item.
An emissary, who is in the police service, was sent to Mazabuka by our colleagues at Football House on Wednesday and met two officials.
According to the statement the official from the dysfunctional FAZ induced some members at Mazabuka United and asked them to withdraw the motion and stay away from the meeting aimed at resolving the crisis in Zambian football.
The two officials at Mazabuka United were told to withdraw the motion on claims that the seconder, Pemba United, had withdrawn its support.
“We wish to categorically state that this is an act of desperation by our colleagues which does not serve the interest of the Zambian people, most important the many sponsors that have invested in it awaiting a smooth administration to take over”, read the statement
“It must be noted that the vote of no confidence motion cannot be withdrawn by anyone, Mazabuka United inclusive, because it became a property of the FAZ council immediately it was seconded and constitutionally approved.”
“We are saddened that having gone through a close to half a year dispute, our colleagues are not ready to end the standoff and would do anything to frustrate an important motion that FIFA has directed must be part of deliberations at the meeting in Kabwe”
“Our caucus held at Chrismar this evening was alerted of activities by our colleagues but resolved to stand firm and ensure the vote of no confidence is tabled.”
“We are happy that FAZ officials from the Copperbelt, Western, Southern, Central and North Western provinces attended the caucus at Chrismar in Lusaka and are resolute in supporting the motion”, the statement concluded.
Latest reports are that the Andrew Kamaga group held their own executive meeting and announced the formation of a break away National Football league