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.