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Government bails out FAZ over wages owed to former national team coach

Sports Government bails out FAZ over wages owed to former national team coach

FILE:  Zavosofa presents Bonetti his 49th birthday cake and national team attire[picture by J.Mandela]
FILE: Zavosofa presents Bonetti his 49th birthday cake and national team attire[picture by J.Mandela]
Zambia has survived a possible FIFA ban after the Ministry of Finance released 3.2 million Kwacha to pay what is owed to former National Team Coach Dario Bonneti.

FIFA had set August 2015 for a disciplinary hearing after Zambia defied a FIFA Court of arbitration which ruled that Bonneti should be paid what is owed to him.

And Sports Minister Vincent Mwale has told Parliament in a ministerial statement that FAZ did not consult government when terminating Bonneti’s contract.

Mwale also says FAZ defied government’s advice against terminating Bonneti’s contract because Bonneti was reportedly imposed on FAZ by government.

Mwale has explained that Bonneti was initially owed 2.2 Million Kwacha but that the figure went up due to interests and the depreciation of the Kwacha.

And as part of the sanctions, government had ordered FAZ to pay what is owed to Patrice Beamulle, another former Chipolopolo coach.

Mwale says the reasons given by FAZ for terminating Bonneti’s contract was because the Italian was handpicked and was not screened for international experience.

He says that Bonneti was also disrespectful to the FAZ executive and that players protested against his poor style of football.

Meanwhile, the Football Association of Zambia-FAZ has dismissed media reports suggesting that FAZ President Kalusha Bwalya is seeking to change the FAZ constitution for personal benefit.

FAZ Communications Manager Nkweto Tembwe has explained that the current FAZ constitution already allows the incumbent to re-contest his position for as many times as he wishes.

Tembwe says councilors attending this Saturday’s non elective FAZ Annual General Meeting at Mulungushi Rock of Authority in Kabwe have the right to accept or reject any proposals that will be presented by other delegates to amend the current FAZ constitution.

He has distanced FAZ from any proposals to amend the constitution, but was quick to mention that delegates have the right to vote for or against a proposal they are not comfortable with.

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13 COMMENTS

  1. thanks to this government,even in zim, fifa burned them for a week before the government stepped in and has also paid to help zifa escape FIFA sanction.ZIFA also OWED their fired trainer his dues.
    Going forward this irresponsible style of wasting money should be avoided. Tembwe tell your bosses to organise their house.

  2. If there is money for coaches? Why have we not revitalized Kafue textiles? A GPD contributing avenue, and yet football gets money hmmmmm priorities.

  3. FAZ is a mockery. useless loss initiator. fire that lich Kalu.where was he taking money he collected from the Qatari arab corruptors?

  4. Great Kalu is Zambian footbal and Zambian football is Kalu BASII, let that sink into your filthy kanongobilities

    • As Mr. Mwale said “…Bonneti was also disrespectful to the FAZ executive and that players protested against his poor style of football…”, let us remember that his team (Bonneti) has won CAF tournament and after that nothing positive. Just one disastrous performance after another disastrous performance.
      Kalu has with time become another dinosaurs awaiting inevitable extinction.

  5. Waste of scarce resources due to poor decision making by FAZ. Added one million kwacha on their mistake because of being stubborn.

  6. Blame this on RB and Andrew. It was expected, check how this issue has been fast tracked after the coming of New administration with RB backing.

    FAZ should know to respect contracts, it is costly not to honour contracts. Next is Patrice

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