Simataa Simataa has laughed off media reports suggesting that he is ineligible to make the short-list for the Football Association of Zambia because he does not have a full secondary school leavers certificate.
Media reports on Monday suggested that Simataa has been axed from the short-list after allegedly failing to produce his school leavers certificate..in this case a Grade 12 pass.
Simataa said in a statement that it was clear that the battlelines had still not faded since FAZ president Andrew Kamanga came into office in March.
“I have been prompted to issue this press statement following recent media statements questioning my academic qualifications after my decision to apply for the vacant position of general secretary at the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ),” Simataa said in a statement.
“Following the election of Mr. Andrew Kamanga as president of FAZ, a lot of us thought it was the time to hold hands together, rebuild and focus on developing Zambian football. It is with profound regret that I feel I was wrong and the football battles we thought were over, are now back to haunt us.
“Following a a speculative report suggesting that I was going to be appointed as general secretary, the vice president of FAZ, Richard Kazala, attacked me and my candidature suggesting that I had an outstanding disciplinary case.
“It’s more than four weeks that I asked for a retraction of the said press statement by Richard Kazala which he has not heeded.
“When FAZ decided to scout for the general secretary by way of invitation to apply, I did so. I have been left to ask the following questions: was this a public interview where details of the shortlisted candidates as well as interviews have made their way into the press before a final decision on who becomes the next general secretary is made?
“How come that right through this selection process, all the pro-Andrew Kamanga applicants like Ponga Liwewe, Adrian Kashala and myself have been subject to negative reporting and innuendos concerning our qualification and suitability for the position?
“The allegations raised against our candidature have not even been proved yet the process continues.
“Further, The Post newspaper of Monday, 9th May, 2016 published a story saying that I had failed to produce my Grade 12 certificate and yet in my responding to the advert, I sent to FAZ a certified copy of my school leaver’s certificate which is the equivalent of a Grade 12 certificate. With a certified copy, is the original more important? And even when I submitted my original degree from the University of Zambia, it was not verified against any other document.
“Please be reminded that at the time I was sitting for my secondary leavers’ examinations, there was no Grade 12 but Form 5.
“I feel unjustly treated. I entered this process with the hope to see professionalism but alas, it has left me full of mistrust.
“The way I feel now is that if I were a patient with a serious ailment requiring a blood transfusion at the moment, I would not accept the blood offered locally unless it were imported from outside the country.
“I call upon the president of FAZ to review this whole process in the interest of fair play, ethical conduct and transparency.”