Reforms are coming to FAZ- Kamanga

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New Football Association of Zambia president Andrew Kamanga
New Football Association of Zambia president Andrew Kamanga

New Football Association of Zambia president Andrew Kamanga says there will be no witchhunt but that reforms sweeping World football will also come to Zambia.

Kamanga beat Kalusha Bwalya by 163 to 155 on saturday during the elective FAZ annual general meeting held at Moba Hotel in Lusaka.

The Lusaka businessman and ex-Kabwe Warriors chairperson also paid tribute to his vanquished opponent and longtime nemesis Kalusha.

“I will not turn our soccer icon Kalusha Bwalya into a villain,” Kamanga said.

“This I promise but we will respect the laws of the land and those of football and reforms that have happened in the world will not spare Zambia.”

Kamanga’s triumph ends Kalusha ten-year reign as FAZ president that saw Zambia win its first Africa Cup title in 2012.

“I will not turn our soccer icon Kalusha Bwalya into a villain,” Kamanga said.

However, persistent allegations of mismanagement at FAZ during his tenure including the issue of a sum of US$80,000 he received between 2009 and 2011 for allegedly for Zambia’s vote for Qatar’s’ successful 2022 bid from a $5 million slush fund managed by ex-Fifa vice president Mohammad Bin Hammam have haunted him.

Kalusha has always denied any illegal dealings over that matter stating that money was a loan FAZ received during the 2010 stand-off with Kamanga that split the association.

Last night, Andrew Kamanga was elected as president of the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) replacing Kalusha Bwalya after polling 163 out of 324 votes cast.

The announcement by Chairman of the Electoral Commission Sikwana Lukangaba was met with jubilation at Moba Hotel, as Kamanga prepares to be at the helm of Zambia’s football governing body for four years.

Kalusha, was seen as the frontrunner, but Andrew Kamanga had an impressive momentum in the lead up to the election. Henschel Chitembeya, a former executive committee member, was always seen as an outsider. Kalusha polled 156 while Henschel Chitembeya received a single vote. Four votes were declared invalid.

Football Association of Zambia Vice President Richard Kazala
Football Association of Zambia Vice President Richard Kazala

And Richard Kazala was elected as vice president after polling 117 votes beating his closest rival Pivoty Simwanza who polled 107 votes.Mofya Chisala received 58 votes while Cephas Kampamba Katongo had 28 votes. Boniface Mwamelo polled 8 votes. There were 5 spoiled ballots.

Lee Kawanu was re-elected as Executive Committee Member and is joined by new members Blackwell Siwale, Brenda Kunda, Elijah Shenko Chileshe, Kabaso Kapambwe and Dr Joseph Mulenga.

Rixie Mweemba was elected unopposed for the position of Treasurer.

Full Results:

PRESIDENT

1. Andrew Kamanga – 163
2. Kalusha Bwalya – 156
3. Henschel Chitembeya – 1
4. Invalid Ballots – 4

VICE PRESIDENT

1. Richard Kazala – 117
2. Pivoty Simwanza – 108
3. Mofya Chisala – 58
4. Cephas Kampamba Katongo – 28
5. Boniface Mwamelo – 8
6. Invalid Ballots – 5

TREASURER

Rixie Mweemba (Unopposed)

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Blackwell Siwale – 173
Brenda Kunda – 143
Elijah Shenko Chileshe – 111
Lee Kawanu – 106
Kabaso Kapambwe – 99
Dr Joseph Mulenga – 92
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Francis Hafwiti – 86
Happie Munkondya – 80
Gideon Mwenya – 80
Violet Bwalya Kasenge – 79
Mike Chirwa – 72
Andrew Banda – 49
Jeff Chipilingu – 61
Lenny Sampa Nkhuwa – 44
Eutrasia Chambeshi – 45
Stanely Chilimunda – 6
Arthur Kamuloso – 48
Gabriel Kaunda – 32
Jordan Maliti – 49
Alex Mambwe – 11
Kennedy Matashi – 66
Nellie Miyamba – 55
Victor Mpundu – 44
Dr Joseph Mulenga – 92
Watson Mwale – 40
Alfred Mwape – 8
Felix Nsama – 57
Timothy Phiri – 7
Edwin Sisya – 27
Invalid Ballots – 7

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39 COMMENTS

    • Bo Andrew Kamanga welcome home. Your language has always been reforms. We want to see them. Most importantly we want to see zed soccer up there where it belongs.

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  1. Good starting point Mr Kamanga – your focus should be FAZ and Zambian soccer rather than revenging or avenging for whatever reason. Our soccer has really gone down – I mean to the extent these days that we even get nervous over a playing Lesotho, Swaziland or Botswana! Come dudes lets regain our pride!

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  2. Kikikikiki “I will respect the laws of the land….” Meaning what? Prosecuting Mr Kalu? Kaya

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  3. Kamanga should respect kalu otherwise if he starts persecuting kalu then he’ll see.Twamweba kamanga.He should jst perform not ifyabupuba

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    • He says he will not witch hunt but will respect the laws of the land. This means if any wrong doing was done by the Kalu administration, he will not shield him, that is not witch hunting and that is what it should be otherwise what is the point of having laws?

      Congrats Kamanga and as for Kalu we will not forget you. You are the son of the soil and we shall always remain indebted to you. You did your part, no hard feeling. God bless you.

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  4. And where is the Galu to give a farewell speech? Its asking too much as he is so full of it…he will probaby migrate to RSA where FAZ was wasting funds on his air tickets. AK please open up the books like they did at Fifa last week!!

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  5. It reminds me of FTJ and 1991 wind of change. So much expectations and so many promises. The end result is for all to see. Good luck Zambian soccer

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  6. I do not know what change at FAZ really means, but for a start, please start investing in academies. This is the real reason why Zambia cannot win anything, our players cannot even control the ball.

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    • Change mean transparency and accountability the Great Galu LAMENTABLY FAILED for 10 years…change means ticket money going back to FAZ confers..change means our boys and fans wearing a jersey or kit from the official sponsor not Chinese knockoffs.

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  7. Congratulation kamanga, may the almighty God give u wisdom to manage our faz, mr kamanga please , try to hire Charles cool musonda to coach our national team, i think he can bring change to the chipolopolo boys , have a blessed day , Congrats again , consider my suggestion, CHAKUMALAST

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  8. TAKE SOCCER TO RURAL AREAS AND SCHOOLS. IT SEEMS LIKE IN ZAMBIA EVERYTHING HAS TO BE BUNCHED UP IN LUSAKA AND COPPERBELT PROVINCES WHILE RURAL YOUTH TALENT IS IGNORED. THIS IS POTENTIAL LOSS. EXPAND TALENT HUNT AND THIS CAN ONLY MADE POSSIBLE BY MODERNIZING RURAL SOCCER.

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  9. Congrats to kamanga though in my opinion u ar not the right person because of the conections u ve with lupiya Banda ther is something fish he can’t jst support you we kno lupiya banda

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  10. BY THE WAY, I ALMOST FORGOT TO CONGRATULATE THE NEW FAZ MANAGEMENT TEAM. CONGRATULATIONS ALL NEW MEMBERS. IT IS GOOD THAT THE ZAMBIAN PEOPLE HAVE DECIDED TO BRING IN THE ALL NEW PEOPLE IN FAZ. NOW LET US SEE THAT YOU START MAKING YOUR OWN MONEY AND NOT CONTINUE TO BEG. SOCCER (AND OTHER SPORTS), THE WORLD OVER MAKE A LOT OF MONEY. IT’S ONLY IN ZAMBIA WHERE SOCCER IS A BEGGING BOWL.

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  11. At least the South African resident can go back to his adopted country. I have always said Kalu was a great footballer but a corrupt and useless administrator. Mr AK please don’t let power go to your head. Work on the constitution and expose the corruption we know was being supervised by Kalu. For example ticket sales, prize money, sponsorship money. Tell us if it’s true Nike cut sponsorship after Kalu and his friends ordered fake Chinese Nike jerseys.

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  12. The first starting point should be to investigate how the US $80,000 which Kalusha received on behalf of FAZ was used. Money always leaves a trail, so how was this so called ‘loan’ was used? This business of saying no witch hunting is taking our society backwards. Wrong things should not go unpunished. What it does is it will only encourage the new office bearers to start lining up their pockets. Lets set an example, if there was any malpractice in the Kalusha admin, let the law take its course. We heard from former insiders of outgoing admin how individuals were printing replica jeyseys from China with proceeds ending up in their pockets. Whats wrong with asking why that was the case. Right now, political cadres are maiming pipo knowing that there will be no ‘witch hunting; come…

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    • Not in Zambia…we just carry on as normal and leave it as bar room talk…exposing the misappropriation and handing the matter to the useless ACC will be the first step towards transparency.
      I would like to find out how the $1 million AFCON 2012 winnings were sent and why CAF paid less than was promised…these questions need to answered.

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  13. When Zambians start by saying: ‘no witch hunting’, in most cases they are preparing for their criminal activities, so that when they leave office no one should “witch hunt them”. Yes, witch hunting is wrong but let criminality be punished.

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  14. The winds of change in Zambia have started at FAZ.
    Ominous signs for PF.
    The bottom line is zambians now want results and accoutability. Corruption and mediocre leadership is being swept away. Of the corruption allegations at FAZ not one word from GRZ as if they were complicite.

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  15. This is a chance for the AK administration to run football like a business. There is money in this game. Run the sport properly and transparently and you will see interest from the public being reignited. Part of the reason why there is such poor interest among citizens is due to bad governance and lack of honesty/transparency in football matters. So AK and team, give it your best shot!

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  16. Really laughable ..I feel for Henschel Chitembeya who got 1 vote most likely his drinking friend who he gave a lift ..he was also beaten by spoiled votes.

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  17. Thanks Kalu for what you achieved for Zambian football,welcome Andrew Kamanga.Please Andrew focus on football, ignore the small petty minds that are talking about focusing on Kalu’s investigations, that’s the work of the ACC. For you, your major focus must be developing football to a level where we want it to be. That’s the level of maturity we want to see and not personal issues. I believed Kalu’s time was up, but let’s still respect the man

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  18. Hopefully, Andrew Kamanga will qualify us to the world cup. If he doesn’t? Also kuya beebele first term only…!!!

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  19. If Kalusha was advisable he wouldn’t have left FAZ in this manner. It was very clear that he should not have contested these elections but is association with the Hayatous and Blatters of this world misguided him.

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  20. Comment: First of all congorates AK. Y do people stil tok abt C.Musonda? look people the bird in hand z better than thousands in the sky.He has decided to live outside zambia let him be.
    Kalu U are a great man and you are a true Zambian for sure you know how Zambians are wen it comes to talking.
    They will call you all sorts of names.Zambian are good at forgetting the good things someone has ever done.
    Its the wind of change yes.Lets see the change they are talking abt . I still love Kalu.

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    • Zambians talk a lot nama jelousy fulufulu. Let’s wait for Simataa as G’S and see what happens

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  21. Comment: Mr President sir! we need action not following wat has happend in the past.
    I am saying this because if u fail to deliver the same people who are supporting you will come right there and insult you.

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  22. Comment: I agree with you 100%… there is talent out there… who said there is no good football players in Eastern, western, Northwestern, Luapula, northern etc… he nerds to restructure the league at provincial, regional and national level… to increase participation.

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