FAZLogoA cross section of former Zambia national team players has welcomed the election of Andrew Kamanga as Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) president.

Kamanga beat Kalusha Bwalya by 163 to 156 on Saturday during the elective FAZ annual general meeting held at Moba Hotel in Lusaka.

Ex-Zambia and Mufulira Wanderers midfielder Fredrick Kashimoto said time has come for Kamanga to be at the helm of local football.

“Our man Kalusha Bwalya has done is part. It is now time for Kamanga to do his part as well,” Kashimoto said from Mufulira.

Retired Kk11 star midfielder Jericho Shinde described the election of Kamanga as long overdue.

“It is good for Zambian football. This is long overdue. Where were the FAZ councillors in the past?,” Shinde remarked.

The Nkana legend added:”I am sure Kamanga and his team will do a good job. We need transparency and accountability in FAZ.”

Former national team winger Benjamin “Kawilo” Chilongo hailed Kamanga’s election.

“The election of Kamanga is good. Change is inevitable some times. Kalusha did his part,” Chilongo said from his Luanshya base.

Meanwhile, some former internationals contacted by Lusaka Times for a comment declined to say anything describing the matter as “sensitive”.

In his maiden speech, Kamanga pledged to ensure that the plight of retired footballers is looked into.

“You will agree with me that for a long time now, our gallant men and women that have played for this nation have not been treated with honour.

“We must find ways of honouring these nationals for the sacrifices they have made to this nation on the field. My administration will definitely prioritise this cause,” Kamanga said.

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15 COMMENTS

  1. Most people wanted kanusha wanya to go but they could not speak. Everybody is happy for Andrew Tembo to have defeated the idi0t.
    New error for Zambian football

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    • Bukala bwanoko chimutonga iwe. Everything you see is tribalism tonganyonko

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  2. Ba Shinde ma jealousy fye mwakwatila Great Kalu

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  3. In his maiden speech, Kamanga pledged to ensure that the plight of retired footballers is looked into.
    Bwana kamanga stop hallucinating. where are you going to get resources to feed these failed jackals?.
    Concentrate on lifting the bar from where Kalu left.
    We need to qualify to the world cup with hook or crook.
    Consolidate the existing sponsorship contracts and bring your own on board.
    Remember that you have a mountain to climb to improve soccer since you have a failed track record in football admin

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  4. Comment:shame on eric mwanza who is surely going to resign now that his protector is gone. congratulations to andrew kamanga and his team

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  5. It is not Kalusha’s nor FAZ’s responsibility to look after retired players. There is very little we can do for the past players but what FAZ can do to help the current players is setting up a retirement fund towards which each player contributes, engaging a professional funds administrator so that investments are wisely and professionally done to grow the pot of funds. FAZ can also negotiate house loans for the current players because most of them, due to lack of education, would rather buy a fancy car while still renting someone else’s house.

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  6. @GARA WAKATEYA.Ubututu.Kamanga did not say he’ll be feeding them.He said he’s going to ensure that their plight is looked in to.Talk of empowerment.Some could even be given clubs to coach.FAZ could even be organising Fundraising fimofimo.

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  7. Iwe Chi Kamanga, those old players are suffering because they are *****s and never saved while made money. Take for example Elijah Litana who gambled away $25,000 in one night, that is plain stupidity. We see this every day with these athletes, they live large now and suffer later, so quit telling them lies that you will look after them. We want to go to the world cup, we want to win Afcon again and we want transparency not corruption other you will experience a rude awakening in 4 year. We were not going to judge you on how well you look after the retired players, remember that. Get the Musanda kids into Zambia national teams first.

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  8. It is loose/win, congraturation to kamanga wish kalu all the best in life, he has contrituted alot and he has done his part!

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  9. Don`t say bad things on kalusha.He did his best his time has gone now time for Kamanga remember your time will come as well it`s not for ever make sure you take senior national team to the world cup prove yourself a good leader.

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  10. Don`t say bad things on kalusha.He did his best his time has gone now time for Kamanga remember your time will come as well it`s not for ever make sure you take senior national team to the world cup prove yourself as a good leader.

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