The Football Association of Zambia has refuted reports that it is in the process of amending the constitution that will see the introduction of Gay Rights in the local leagues.
In a statement, FAZ General Secretary Ponga Liwewe said the reports are misleading.
Liwewe said Football House recently circulated to all its members a draft copy of the FAZ Constitution for their review and to make comments and suggestions.
“The draft constitution is in line with FIFA statutes and it is these that are up for discussion. It is the prerogative of FAZ members to agree or disagree with the statutes and to make recommendations that will be incorporated into the final document,” he said.
Liwewe also dispelled reports that the constitutional changes will lead to the disbandment of Divisions Two and Three.
He said the implication that clubs from Divisions Two and Three are to be disbanded or relegated to lower status is untrue.
“The proposed adjustment to the statutes will reduce the size of the Electoral College to enable council meetings become more efficient and for more effective decision making,” he said.
Liwewe said the proposal in the draft constitution is for clubs from Divisions Two and Three to elect representatives who will attend, speak and present their issues at meetings on their behalf.
“This requirement is necessitated by the need to have a manageable number of delegates at meetings because the ever growing membership of the football association means that the current system is difficult to manage.
Clubs will remain full members of the Football Association of Zambia. Football House is open to provide further information and clarification to the media on this matter and indeed any matters relating to the running of football in Zambia.”
FAZ this week sent out a circular to all its members for comments on a proposed draft constitution the association wants to enact at next year’s annual general meeting.
Curiously, the draft constitution that has been circulated has a clause that talks about no one being discriminated against based on “sexual orientation.”
Article 3 of the draft constitution which discusses the that neutrality has prohibited the discrimination of FAZ members based on their “sexual orientation.”
Members have now been left with a two-week deadline for their input.
The document is undersigned on behalf of the FAZ secretariat and executive by deputy general secretary Lombe Mbalashi.
On the electoral college, FAZ has proposed that there will only be 120 members of the electoral college which will comprise the Super Division, Division One, Provincial Association and other bodies.