Football Expert Puts Ponga’s Fall from Grace Put into Perspective

With Football House awkwardly standing after the resignation of general secretary Ponga Liwewe, football expert Augustine Mukoka puts the imminent departuren into perspective. He notes that Liwewe must not take the rap alone. Mukoka argues that Liwewe may have fallen … Continued

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With Football House awkwardly standing after the resignation of general secretary Ponga Liwewe, football expert Augustine Mukoka puts the imminent departuren into perspective. He notes that Liwewe must not take the rap alone. Mukoka argues that Liwewe may have fallen victim to circumstances leading to his eventual fall from grace. The veteran scribe whose credentials stem from his days as columnist for Full Time has rendered quite an acidic assessment of the state of football at FAZ. Below is his full posting: PONGA LIWEWE’S RESIGNATION: THE CASE OF COLLECTIVE RESPONSIBILITY By Augustine Mukoka A sense of shock greeted some Zambian football followers when news filtered on Friday evening that FAZ general secretary Ponga Liwewe was quitting his position. Liwewe, a household voice on African football, announced in a statement first read on ZNBC news he will not renew his two-year contract when it expires in May. This comes less than a month after FAZ announced it had appointed Zambia Police director of sport Adrian Kashala as deputy general secretary and a few weeks before the association’s annual general meeting. The better informed may not have been as shocked with the announcement Liwewe is leaving FAZ. It was a matter of time before he jumped or was pushed out. Word on the street suggests councilors were planning to ask Liwewe to resign his position at the forthcoming annual general meeting for under performance. The FAZ executive committee is also understood to have grown frustrated with the performance of the secretariat. And so, the two parties have “mutually separated†as a compromise. But is Liwewe a sacrificial lamb in this equation? This is an important question to finding a solution to the challenges that have beset Football House. When FAZ president Andrew Kamanga traversed the length and breadth of the country seeking a mandate to administer the Zambian game, he pledged to revive the operations of the secretariat. Today Kamanga clocks exactly two years at the helm of Zambian football with little or no change in the way the secretariat has administered football so far. Admittedly, Kamanga’s executive can rightly claim the bragging rights to Zambia’s Africa Cup Under-20 triumph, a quarterfinal finish at the junior World Cup in 2017, the under-17 Cosafa victory last year, the Computicket system, but there are more than just those achievements to being at the helm of football in Zambia. The secretariat is one of the most important organs of FAZ. And the success of this body shapes the discourse and direction of the game. It is the operation of the secretariat that Kamanga and his executive have dismally struggled to manage if you want to be diplomatic or failed if you want to be blunt. That struggle reached its crescendo on Friday leading to Liwewe’s announcement he was leaving the post of FAZ CEO. I listened to the FAZ president a few weeks ago when he featured on ZNBC’s Sunday Interview. He claimed the revision and eventual adoption of the new FAZ constitution should be credited to his executive as part of the successes scored. A bit misleading, I would say. Before I digress, he should have also talked about the player registration scandals at FAZ, delayed hearing of disciplinary cases, failure to pay players and referees, the chaotic running of the leagues, the Mafro and KoPa jersey scandals and so on and so forth. But anyway that may be a story for another day. It’s worth noting that the new FAZ constitution was a directive from FIFA and had a deadline which if not met would have attracted sanctions. There was no two ways about it. It had to be implemented whichever way. It is the implementation of the new FAZ constitution that should have been credited to the Kamanga executive, a bit like the hosting and winning of the Under-20 which was partly the toil of the previous executive. Alas, the implementation of the constitution has been calamitous. It sent the league into disarray to an extent that one of the regions only decided its promotion sides a month before the new season kicked off. Few may be aware that the 2017 league was concluded last month. Yes, last month. The play-off between Choma Football Stars Vs Likulu Dynamos was only decided on February 17, 2018. Reminders that the secretariat was not ticking were rebuffed by Kamanga and his makeshift vuvuzelas or put simply social media apologists. They branded anything brought to the table as talk by frustrated individuals who were mere job seekers at Football House. Today, the same vuvuzelas are singing the chorus to welcome Liwewe’s exit. But if people were honest, by the third month in his job, it was clear Liwewe was not up to the challenge; his strength in football management was not being at the pinnacle of the FAZ secretariat. Kamanga would even defend Liwewe and when it suited him, he said Liwewe was not his choice as FAZ general secretary. But who does the buck stop at if not him as FAZ president? And is it not Kamanga’s executive to have corrected the situation soon as it was evident we were plunging into chaos at the secretariat? They let the secretariat disorder run its full course and now want to single out one man. How? Or could it be an issue of Kamanga no longer garnishing Liwewe’s salary because a personal debt to him has now been paid in full? In truth, Kamanga’s executive is an accomplice to the struggles of the secretariat. Delay in establishing integral committees such as the Appeals, Ethics, Audit & Compliance are not Liwewe’s making alone. If they were, an effective FAZ executive would have found alternative solutions long before now but procrastination and dithering seem to be bedfellows with this executive. The FAZ president is on record defending failure to pay Zambia national team players their allowances for engagements such as CHAN qualifiers, among others. Three default judgements in quick succession against FAZ are also on the table. These cases have left or will leave the depleted FAZ coffers bleeding further when they could have been avoided. Even issues of conflict of interest involving the outgoing general secretary when presented to Kamanga’s table have been spiritedly defended. Any one remembers how Kamanga defended Liwewe’s affair with Largarde over commercial and broadcast rights? If we care about transparency and accountability, the FIFA Code of Ethics could have guided since we are yet to formulate our own regulations. Did they not matter? The restructuring of the secretariat has moved at snails’ pace but the FAZ president and his executive saw no need to energize the process. So, let’s not crucify Liwewe alone. He should be joined by a lot other. Even the improperly constituted AGM is convened by Liwewe and has the blessing of Kamanga’s executive. The meeting is setting an unfortunate precedence in our football. Should it be blamed on Liwewe? Is this not the case of the goose and the gander being treated different? The post Football Expert Puts Ponga’s Fall from Grace Put into Perspective appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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source: AllAfrica News: Mozambique

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source: AllAfrica News: Mozambique

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