Opinion: Of Impeachment and FAZ

Sports writer Augustine Mukoka has put into perspective the alleged impeachment motion against FAZ president Andrew Kamanga. Mukoka’s football credentials take him as back as his days as a candid columnist at the demised Post Newspapers. He reckons officials at … Continued

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Sports writer Augustine Mukoka has put into perspective the alleged impeachment motion against FAZ president Andrew Kamanga. Mukoka’s football credentials take him as back as his days as a candid columnist at the demised Post Newspapers. He reckons officials at Football House are acting out of fear of the unknown. The journalist writes that for an impeachment to succeed, it should be supported by existing statutes. BELOW IS HIS FULL POST: OF IMPEACHMENT AND FAZ By Augustine Mukoka There are those in our football circles entertaining an imaginary thought their tenure of office is being threatened. Not sure how. But word on the street suggests an impeachment aimed at the FAZ leadership, particularly president Andrew Kamanga, is currently underway. Grounds for the so-called impeachment are best known by the purveyors of this notion. The local football rumor mill has not helped matters with a draft letter purportedly authored by City of Lusaka co-owner Diego Casilli prematurely circulated. It was as if the purveyors of the alleged impeachment motion had received ‘prophetic’ confirmation of their fears. And they have put together names of an imaginary group of people they believe is pushing the agenda. According to the letter, City were in the process of challenging FAZ on various issues including the recently announced amnesty on the registration of players. The amnesty, which has seemingly added to the confusion than resolving the problem, was aimed at putting an end to disputes of unregistered players that have featured in the league. Delayed boardroom decisions were beginning to cause rancor among FAZ affiliates, so its executive moved to avert the situation by declaring amnesty. Alas, the implementation has been chaotic leading to insinuations FAZ was not applying the fair play rule as expected. City are among the first to raise issue with the amnesty. But while the matter was being passed from one end to another within the club, the details meant to be tabled before FAZ were public domain. Shortly after the letter was leaked, secretary Chris Chilongo moved in to disown the correspondence which according to others at the club was an internal item not yet for public consumption. So, how then did this turn into an impeachment drive? When I read the City letter and made inquiries about the so-called impeachment, I first laughed it off. On second thought, I asked myself; what are the grounds for this same impeachment if true? How are these grounds, if any, supported by the amended FAZ constitution? In a curious pursuit, I have come to discover that the amended FAZ constitution does not even provide for the removal of the president through an impeachment. It’s a glaring omission. Not even internal regulations are available to provide for such a move. It is an anomaly FAZ affiliates should consider correcting. Otherwise, it gives a sitting president leverage to do anything without the thought of facing up to scrutiny by the FAZ council. Hopefully, such a suggestion will not be misconstrued for a campaign to oust anyone. So there is no need to be unsettled by an impeachment that does not exist or is not provided for by FAZ statutes? For an impeachment of the incumbent to succeed, there must be guidelines particularly for the FAZ Council as to how this can be done. This was clear with the FAZ constitution of 2006, not the amended document. Although article 37 of the amended FAZ constitution provides for the “dismissal of a person of a bodyâ€, it’s a little too weak to enforce under any circumstance. Granted, as head of the executive committee, which is one of the bodies of FAZ as defined by the constitution, the president qualifies to be referred to as “a person of a body†of the association. The provision is not explicit but infers some form of authority in 37 (1) on the “Council to dismiss a person of a bodyâ€. This provision also gives power to the executive committee to dismiss a person of a body, but such action remains wide open to challenge if invoked to apply on a sitting president. Therefore, for an impeachment to assume some semblance of success, the current FAZ legislation must provide a clear path. And one of the ways this can be done is by affiliates submitting an item to amend the constitution at the Council so that the legislation provides clear steps members can adhere to if they found their leader wanting. At the very least, internal regulations approved by the Council must define such a process. In the meantime, no such attempt can succeed. If as claimed such maneuvers are attempted under the current limited provisions, they’ll be met with strong resistance from FIFA. Rather than preoccupy ourselves with a non-existent ‘opposition’, those at Football House are better placed to focus on sealing the administrative loopholes blighting the operations of the secretariat. Member clubs such as City of Lusaka are entitled to seek answers on issues affecting football management. And an attempt to do so does not constitute a bid to impeachment anyone. The idea that there are some people plotting to impeach the FAZ president sounds like a figment of someone’s imagination. The post Opinion: Of Impeachment and FAZ appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Zesco ‘Loadsheds’ Self As League Match Is Postponed Due To Blackout

Power utility firm Zesco got something of a taste of its own medicine when a match involving its club Zesco United and visiting Red Arrows was postponed due to a power blackout. The match was stopped in the early minutes … Continued

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Power utility firm Zesco got something of a taste of its own medicine when a match involving its club Zesco United and visiting Red Arrows was postponed due to a power blackout. The match was stopped in the early minutes of the first half when power went leaving the stadium in total darkness in a match that kicked off at 19:00 hours and live on pay television channel SuperSport. Power was partially restored but the match could not go on and has been rescheduled to today at 13:00 hours. The episode is only embarrassingly rivalled to the September 8, 2015 episode when Zambia played Gabon at Heroes Stadium with Heroes Stadium bathed in a blackout as President Edgar Lungu joined the crowd. Both teams were tied at 0-0 when power went. The post Zesco ‘Loadsheds’ Self As League Match Is Postponed Due To Blackout appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Numba’s U-20 Hammer Chilanga Select

The Zambia U-20 Men’s Football National Team warmed up for the 2017 Mopani Copper Mines COSAFA Under-20 Youth championships with an emphatic 6-0 victory over a Chilanga Youth select side at Sunset Stadium. Red hot striker Lameck Banda was in … Continued

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The Zambia U-20 Men’s Football National Team warmed up for the 2017 Mopani Copper Mines COSAFA Under-20 Youth championships with an emphatic 6-0 victory over a Chilanga Youth select side at Sunset Stadium. Red hot striker Lameck Banda was in an uncompromising mood as he harvested a hat trick with other goals coming from Harry Milanzi, Clinton Lubula and Evans Chisenga. Coach Mumamba Numba and his technical bench has continued fine tuning his side having remained with 25 players with the final squad being ready on Friday. Mumamba is using the bulk of the players from the 2017 U-17 Cosafa Castle Cup winning side in Mauritius with a few additions from the squad that competed in the U-17 Africa Cup qualifiers. Zambia is in Group A alongside Swaziland, East African guest nation Uganda and Malawi. Only the winner of the group is assured of a place in the semifinals. The Young Chipolopolo will meet the Ugandans in their tournament opener at the Arthur Davies Stadium in Kitwe on December 6. Group matches will be played at the Arthur Davies and Nkana stadiums in Kitwe. The group stage will be completed on December 12, followed by a rest day, with the semifinals to be staged at the Arthur Davies Stadium on December 14. The third-place play-off and the final will move to the Levy Mwanawasa in Ndola on December 16. Group A Zambia Swaziland Uganda Malawi Group B South Africa Egypt Mozambique Mauritius Group C Angola Lesotho Namibia Zimbabwe (Source: FAZ MEDIA) The post Numba’s U-20 Hammer Chilanga Select appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Kamanga Claims He Has Unearthed Plot To Oust Him

FAZ president Andrew Kamanga and his surrogates are reportedly circulating rumors on social media suggesting some people are plotting a ‘coup’ against the Football House boss. Kamanga’s surrogates have published their first piece of information suggesting some people, who they … Continued

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FAZ president Andrew Kamanga and his surrogates are reportedly circulating rumors on social media suggesting some people are plotting a ‘coup’ against the Football House boss. Kamanga’s surrogates have published their first piece of information suggesting some people, who they are yet to name, were scheming an impeachment motion. The FAZ president, who is obsessed with former president Kalusha Bwalya’s shadow, believes the scheme was being organised by the 1988 African Footballer of the Year. However, Kamanga and his surrogates have angled their accusing finger at City of Lusaka as the leader in the alleged drive to oust him from office and retain Kalusha in the driving seat. Kamanga and his surrogates alleged that City of Lusaka in collaboration with three other clubs, a FAZ employee and other people are working hard to allegedly bring his leadership down. “A lot of people are very frustrated that Kamanga is not allowing people to chew FAZ money like it was in the past. So they want him out. They will do everything including coming up with impeachment motions and many things,” a quote linked to Kamanga and his surrogates reads. “While these accusations are on the table, it is not clear whether the clubs plotting to remove Kamanga have thought of people who allowed foreign players to play in Zambia without registration in the first place.” According to the article, Kamanga blames a calamitous ending to the league this year which has been marred by controversial boardroom decisions to the previous executive led by Kalusha. “The president just wants to clean the mess that he found. This has been there from 2014. So he doesn’t look worried at all because he is providing leadership and guidance,” another quote linked to Kamanga and his surrogates reads. The report jokingly heaps blame on other members of the FAZ executive suggesting they were responsible for the hiring of the current general secretary Ponga Liwewe who observers say is overwhelmed with the role and has disappointingly performed below average. Further jokes revealed in the report is that Kamanga has rushed to FIFA to deal with illegal registration of players, a position, if true, will suggest he is incapable of dealing with issues affecting Zambian football. “I think the president has written to FIFA to ban all those involved in the illegal registrations. No one shall be spared. These things happened under the watch of the former executive. And there is no way Kamanga should be punished for other people’s crooked ways,” another quote in the report reads. Kamanga assumed the FAZ presidency in March 2016 after defeating Kalusha in a closely contested election at Kitwe’s Moba Hotel promising a renewed leadership. The Lusaka businessman run on a promise of accountability, transparency and an effective secretariat operations, among other campaigns pledges. The post Kamanga Claims He Has Unearthed Plot To Oust Him appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Zambia To Know CHAN Opponent Tomorrow

Zambia is in the second tier of seeded teams for the CHAN tournament in Morocco next year. The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has revealed seeding for the 2018 Total African Nations Championship (CHAN) to be hosted by Morocco. Zambia … Continued

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Zambia is in the second tier of seeded teams for the CHAN tournament in Morocco next year. The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has revealed seeding for the 2018 Total African Nations Championship (CHAN) to be hosted by Morocco. Zambia has been placed in Pot 2 alongside Cameroon, Guinea and Nigeria. It means Zambia cannot face any of those sides in the Group Stage. Draws will be conducted on Friday in Rabat. Below is the full statement from CAF: At its meeting on Wednesday, 15 November 2017, in Rabat, Morocco, the Organising Committee for the Total African Nations Championship Morocco 2018 approved the procedure for the draw of the final tournament scheduled for Friday, 17 November 2017 at Sofitel Rabat. The four Pots consisting of the 16 qualified teams were decided on the basis of a ranking established taking into account the performances at the past editions of the final tournament designed exclusively for footballers playing in their domestic leagues. Pot 1: Morocco (host), Angola, Cote d’Ivoire, Libya Pot 2: Cameroon, Guinea, Nigeria, Zambia Pot 3: Congo, Uganda, Rwanda, Sudan Pot 4: Burkina Faso, Equatorial Guinea, Mauritania, Namibia The Organising Committee also approved the calendar for the final tournament which will run from 13 January to 4 February 2018 in the following cities: Casablanca (Group A), Marrakech (Group B), Tangier (Group C) and Agadir (Group D). The opening match and the final will be played at the newly refurbished Mohamed V Complex in Casablanca, which also hosted the second leg final of the Total CAF Champions League 2017. The post Zambia To Know CHAN Opponent Tomorrow appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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COSAFA Provisional Team Unveiled

U-20 Men’s Football National Team coach Mumamba Numba has trimmed the number of players in the Cosafa squad to 25 after the first round of assessment. Forty five boys had been summoned for duty on Sunday with the technical bench … Continued

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U-20 Men’s Football National Team coach Mumamba Numba has trimmed the number of players in the Cosafa squad to 25 after the first round of assessment. Forty five boys had been summoned for duty on Sunday with the technical bench assessing the team for possible inclusion in the 2017 Cosafa championship that commences on December 6 in Kitwe. According to a provisional list released by team manager Mwansa Kapyanga to Fazfootball.com a number of the graduated boys from the U-17 Cosafa Castle Cup winning side have made the cut. Tournament top scorer Martin Njobvu has made the cut alongside the prolific Lameck Banda. Division One Lusaka Zone top scorer Gamphani Lungu who stars for promoted National Assembly has also made the grade. Numba and his entire bench were elevated with most of their players from the U-17 to oversee the U-20 campaign after Africa Cup winning coach Beston Chambeshi and bench were moved a notch higher to U-23. African champions Zambia will be in Group A alongside Swaziland, East African guest nation Uganda and Malawi, with just the top team assured of a place in the semi-finals. The Young Chipolopolo will meet the Ugandans in their tournament opener at the Arthur Davies Stadium in Kitwe on December 6. FULL PROVISIONAL SQUAD (GOALKEEPERS) Prince Bwalya (Green Buffaloes), Bradley Mweene (Lusaka Youth Academy), Benson Mwale (Zanaco) (DEFENDERS) Andrew Phiri (Kafue Celtic), Victor Kasokola (Konkola Blades), Justin Mwanza (Young Nkana), Kinglsey Hakwiya (Dream Factory Academy) Jonathan Kapelembe (Romeki), Hillary Mwinga (Red Arrows) (MIDFIELDERS) Clinton Lubula (Kabwata Dynamos), Prince Mumba (Kabwe Warriors), Muma Mumba (Zamcoal Diggers), Niza Simutenda (Mpande Youth Academy), Chanda Mukuka (Gomes), John Mulalangabo (Kasama United Youth Academy), Ngosa Sunzu (Napsa Stars), Benson Kolala (Nchanga Rangers), Harry Milanzi (Young Green Buffaloes), Godfrey Chanda (Green Buffaloes) (STRIKERS) Martin Njobvu (Nchanga Rangers), Lameck Banda (Nkwazi), Francesco Mwepu (Chambishi), Gamphani Lungu (National Assembly), Christopher Phiri (Kafue Celtic), Paul Mwachisemu (Kafue Celtic) (SOURCE: FAZ Media) The post COSAFA Provisional Team Unveiled appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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U-20 Regroup For Cosafa

The Zambia Under-20 National Team got down to business on Monday afternoon with coach Numba Mumamba taking the lads through the paces. Mumamba is set to lead the 2016 Cosafa champions in the 2017 edition hosted by Zambia after his … Continued

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The Zambia Under-20 National Team got down to business on Monday afternoon with coach Numba Mumamba taking the lads through the paces. Mumamba is set to lead the 2016 Cosafa champions in the 2017 edition hosted by Zambia after his predecessor Beston Chambeshi was elevated to U-23 head coach. The 45 member provisional squad will be trimmed to 25 by Friday as per standard requirement by the organizers of the tournament to have final teams in place. Team manager Mwansa Kapyanga told Fazfooball.com that all the lads called to duty had reported with only Francisco Mwepu and Niza Simutenda being awaited as they had been excused to write their Grade 12 final examinations. The group stage will be completed on December 12, followed by a rest day, with the semi finals to be staged at the Arthur Davies Stadium on December 14. Zambia is in Group A alongside Uganda, Malawi and Swaziland. Group stage and semi final matches will be played at Kitwe’s Arthur Davies and Nkana stadiums while the third-place play-off and the final will move to the Levy Mwanawasa in Ndola on December 16. The tournament will be hosted from December 6-16. Group A Zambia Swaziland Uganda Malawi Group B South Africa Egypt Mozambique Mauritius Group C Angola Lesotho Namibia Zimbabwe (Source: FAZ MEDIA) The post U-20 Regroup For Cosafa appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Zambia Squares Off with Cameroon in Final World Cup Match

The Zambia National Team closes its race to the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers with a clash with the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola. Coach Wedson Nyirenda has named a full strength squad … Continued

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The Zambia National Team closes its race to the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers with a clash with the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola. Coach Wedson Nyirenda has named a full strength squad to keep the resurgent spirit in the Chipolopolo squad going. Part of the cast on display for the Group B match includes the exciting Under-20 Africa Cup winning side quintet of Patson Daka, Enock Mwepu, Fashion Sakala, Edward Chilufya, Emmanuel Banda, Moses Nyondo and Boston Muchindu. Nyirenda has blended youth with experience with skipper Kennedy Mweene and Stoppilla Sunzu among the experienced players while Brian Mwila and Justin Shonga have provided a spark in the Zambian attack in a new look Chipolopolo set up. Reigning African champions Cameroon have carried a full strength squad led by skipper Benjamin Moukandjo. Kickoff for the match is at 15:00 hours with a second place finish in Group B at stake. Nigeria tops Group B on 14 points while Zambia lies second on seven with Cameroon a point behind while Algeria ended their race on two points. Algeria and Nigeria drew 1-all on Friday to bring the curtain down on their campaign. Kickoff for the match is at 15:00 hours with tickets on sale in Shoprtite outlets via Computicket. (SOURCE: FAZ MEDIA) The post Zambia Squares Off with Cameroon in Final World Cup Match appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Skipper Mweene Promises Lions For Chrismas Present

Chipolopolo skipper Kennedy Mweene has promised soccer fans an early Christmas present by beating Cameroon in tomorrow’s formality World Cup qualifying match slated for Levy Mwanawasa stadium in Ndola. The 2012 Africa Cup winning shot-stopper says the team is giving … Continued

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Chipolopolo skipper Kennedy Mweene has promised soccer fans an early Christmas present by beating Cameroon in tomorrow’s formality World Cup qualifying match slated for Levy Mwanawasa stadium in Ndola. The 2012 Africa Cup winning shot-stopper says the team is giving the match the seriousness it deserves and will ensure they end the year on a high. Mweene was however quick to say that the Chipolopolo are not underrating the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon as they too have a very good team. Chipolopolo assistant coach Aggrey Chiyangi says the game will offer Zambia a good test ahead of her upcoming assignment among them, the qualifiers for the 2019 Cameroon Africa Cup. Meanwhile, Cameroon National team coach Hugo Broos says his team is only in Zambia for maximum points. The two teams drew 1-1 in the first leg of the qualifiers played in Yaoundé on November 12 2017. Nigeria have already booked the ticket in group B as one of Africa’s five envoys at the Russia 2018 World Cup. The post Skipper Mweene Promises Lions For Chrismas Present appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Opinion: A Game In Jeopardy

Someone issues amnesty. The authority of the said amnesty is drawn from a shady provision. It’s still welcome. Then under his watch the amnesty is undermined. Decisions; otherwise, falling within the ambit of the amnesty are made. How? Some clubs … Continued

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Someone issues amnesty. The authority of the said amnesty is drawn from a shady provision. It’s still welcome. Then under his watch the amnesty is undermined. Decisions; otherwise, falling within the ambit of the amnesty are made. How? Some clubs rejoice, others cry foul. Not everyone is pleased. It’s normal. The question, however, is; has justice been dispensed? It looks like these men are at sea. Clueless to be precise. Football administration is not their thing. Did we just jump from a frying pan into the fire? Any explanation as to how a complaint, straight forward as it can be, is submitted in May for disciplinary review and is only heard almost six months later? The request is as simple as a one paragraph schoolboy love note. Yet it was shelved. And only brought forward in an attempt to pacify a self-created crisis. If this is not the opposite for competence, what is it? Efficiency? Let’s face it, the game is in jeopardy. There is more than meets eye. The post Opinion: A Game In Jeopardy appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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