Opinion: FAZ CEO Should Have Declared Interest In Branding Deal; Lagardere Is Under Criminal Investigations In Egypt

The controversial Lagardere Sponsorship deal signed by the Hayatou CAF administration less than two years ago is subject to criminal investigations in Egypt and has been a source of further investigations under various regulatory bodies in Africa for being unfairly … Continued

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The controversial Lagardere Sponsorship deal signed by the Hayatou CAF administration less than two years ago is subject to criminal investigations in Egypt and has been a source of further investigations under various regulatory bodies in Africa for being unfairly awarded without any form of competition. The Largadere contract is what led to the departure of former CAF Secretary General Hicham El Ehmerani from CAF after the election of Ahmad Ahmad. The question begging answers is how can FAZ General Secretary Ponga Liwewe claim that he had been dealing with Largadere in perimeter advertising before his appointment at FAZ when his appointment and the signing of the Largadere contracts with CAF are only a few months apart. There is no record of Mpila Zambia ever being engaged by CAF in stadium branding on the continent. Why then could CAF or Largadere engage Mpila Zambia knowing full well one of its directors is a senior member of FAZ. This further invigorates the Egyptian authorities of Largarderes underhand business dealings. Notwithstanding his shallow rebuttal in today’s [Thursday] Times of Ponga the fact his Impila Zambia has anything to with a company facing criminal investigations should be enough to raise red flags. CAF used to use a Malawian national Felix Sapao to do the stadium branding for CAF Champions League and CAF Confederations Cup matches in Zambia. Later on Anthony Destombes of Execusports of South Africa was engaged but never a member of the previous administration not even spouses as suggested by social media fora. For all Africa and World Cup matches a local company called Global Banners in conjunction with the FAZ Marketing office dealt with all issues of stadium branding. It is therefore criminal for the office the FAZ General Secretary or his company to have any business dealings with an Association he superintendents.The best he should have done is declare interest and not participate in any business dealings with his employers. The termination of the MAFRO kit sponsorship contract has been done under eye dropping circumstances leading to people to suspect foul play. The first signs that things were amiss with MAFRO was the difference in sponsorship amounts between the Kenya, Zambia and Zimbabwe Football Associations with MAFRO. While Kenya declared US$450 000.00 Zambia with a far much higher soccer pedigree declared US$200 000.00. Figures being bundled around suggest that the Zambian federation got US$500 000.00 while the remainder was shared between two senior members of the current administration. The sale of players to the South Africa Premier Soccer League by way of players Brian Mwila, Rodrick Kabwe and Aubrey Funga has the FAZ GS imprints all over them. That is not all, the entire CEO of FAZ travelled to South Africa to purchase off the shelf Kappa kit from Rasheed Kassim Sports Shop for use by the Zambia U20 team during the Under 20 Africa Youth Championships held in Zambia. Surely he cannot be doing all this damage without the knowledge of his supervisor Before he does further financial and administrative damage to the cash strapped Association let the docile FAZ Executive Committee take action. Source: Maureen Kawengele [Facebook] The post Opinion: FAZ CEO Should Have Declared Interest In Branding Deal; Lagardere Is Under Criminal Investigations In Egypt appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Relief As Opec Extends Exemption From Oil Production Cut

[This Day] Yenagoa -The meeting of the Joint Ministerial Monitoring Committee (JMMC) of OPEC and Non-OPEC Countries in Vienna, Austria, yesterday extended its exemption from crude oil production cut, thus endorsing the country’s position hat the exempt…

[This Day] Yenagoa -The meeting of the Joint Ministerial Monitoring Committee (JMMC) of OPEC and Non-OPEC Countries in Vienna, Austria, yesterday extended its exemption from crude oil production cut, thus endorsing the country's position hat the exemption granted it at the November 2016 Ministerial Conference and extended by the May Ministerial Conference should be sustained until it stabilises its crude oil production.

source: AllAfrica News: Nigeria

TCN, WAPP to Build Additional 330KV Power Line to Benin Republic

[This Day] Abuja -The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) and the West African Power Pool (WAPP) have initiated plans to build a second 330 kilovolt (kV) transmission line to boost electricity supply to the Republic of Benin by 2021.

[This Day] Abuja -The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) and the West African Power Pool (WAPP) have initiated plans to build a second 330 kilovolt (kV) transmission line to boost electricity supply to the Republic of Benin by 2021.

source: AllAfrica News: Benin

Ikolaje Idiroko Holds African Integration Cultural Show

[This Day] The Royal Father of Ikolaje Idiroko, an International border town in Ogun State, Oba John Olakunle Ojo has called on African leaders to use culture in uniting the people.

[This Day] The Royal Father of Ikolaje Idiroko, an International border town in Ogun State, Oba John Olakunle Ojo has called on African leaders to use culture in uniting the people.

source: AllAfrica News: Nigeria

President Magufuli to Address Nation From Arusha

[Daily News] Arusha -PRESIDENT John Magufuli is expected to address Tanzanians from Arusha, this Saturday afternoon, shortly after commissioning Tanzania People’s Defence Forces (TPDF) officer cadets, here.

[Daily News] Arusha -PRESIDENT John Magufuli is expected to address Tanzanians from Arusha, this Saturday afternoon, shortly after commissioning Tanzania People's Defence Forces (TPDF) officer cadets, here.

source: AllAfrica News: Tanzania

Court Official Suspended for Wearing ‘A Very Short, Tight Dress’

[News24Wire] A Ugandan court official has reportedly been suspended for wearing “a very short and tight dress” to work, breaching the country’s strict dress code for public sector workers.

[News24Wire] A Ugandan court official has reportedly been suspended for wearing "a very short and tight dress" to work, breaching the country's strict dress code for public sector workers.

source: AllAfrica News: Uganda

News24 Journalist Detained, Manhandled

[News24Wire] A News24 journalist, who was detained and manhandled by security guards at the Gateway Theatre of Shopping, intends pressing charges against the security officials involved.

[News24Wire] A News24 journalist, who was detained and manhandled by security guards at the Gateway Theatre of Shopping, intends pressing charges against the security officials involved.

source: AllAfrica News: South Africa

KZN Govt Pays Tribute to ‘Dedicated, Caring’ Nurse

[News24Wire] The KwaZulu-Natal government has paid tribute to a nurse who was so dedicated to his job that he once went as far as walking to patients to deliver antiretroviral drugs.

[News24Wire] The KwaZulu-Natal government has paid tribute to a nurse who was so dedicated to his job that he once went as far as walking to patients to deliver antiretroviral drugs.

source: AllAfrica News: South Africa

Apapa Gridlock – Stay Away From Lagos, Ambode Orders Truck Owners

[This Day] After a week-long outright blockage of all access roads to Apapa and intractable gridlock resulting from it, the Lagos State Government yesterday ordered all trailers, trucks and oil tankers to stay off all roads within the state immediately.

[This Day] After a week-long outright blockage of all access roads to Apapa and intractable gridlock resulting from it, the Lagos State Government yesterday ordered all trailers, trucks and oil tankers to stay off all roads within the state immediately.

source: AllAfrica News: Nigeria