SOUTHERN Province Amateur Football Association secretary general Fabian Chitambala has called on the newly elected Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) executive to prioritise grass root soccer.
Chitambala said yesterday in an interview that grass root soccer in Southern province was almost dead because the previous Kalusha Bwalya led executive had put more effort and resources in investing in the local premiere league.
He said the Andrew Kamanga led executive should put in deliberate measures that will help revamp grass root soccer.
“We used to tell the Kalusha Bwalya executive to develop grass root soccer,more especially in the province but our concerns were not appreciated as they saw grass root soccer as not being profitable,” Chitambala said.
He said the new FAZ executive had a huge task ahead of them in convincing the football fraternity that they had the vision and zeal to manage football affairs at Football house.
Chitambala, who is also FAZ provincial coordinator, urged the new executive not to engage itself in issues of witch hunt against the previous executive but rather concentrate on uniting the football family.
“The Kalusha Bwalya led executive did its part in growing football in Zambia in the last eight years,they had their strengths and weaknesses. This is not the time to start finger pointing ,revenge or personal vendetta,the people are looking for glory and we need to be on top of things administratively,”he said.
Chitambala, who was elected as Southern Province Amateur Footballs Association general secretary by the Kalusha Bwalya executive, said he will not re-contest his position this year because he wanted to leave room for fresh blood to run the affairs of football in the province.