..as another soccer administrator plans to challenge Kalu in 2016
THE FAZ secretariat continues to act as a begging bowl and without tangible ideas to drive football as a business entity, says sports administrator for Kambuku Warriors Solomon Kapona who has announced his interest to challenge Kalusha Bwalya at the FAZ general elections billed for 2016.
Kapona said his conviction to challenge Kalusha was driven from rapid falling soccer standards since Zambia won the Africa Cup in 2012.
He said FAZ’s lack of distinct strategies to embrace inclusiveness among various stakeholders was to blame for the falling soccer standards in the country.
He said FAZ needed to reposition itself into a viable business entity in which administrators were paid adequate allowances for them to expand their time for the improvement of the sport.
Kapona added that it was no wonder that a president of this cardinal organization (Kalusha) was residing in another country leaving the administration of football to chance.
“The camping of the senior team before major tournaments needs re-addressing to avoid leisure like outings where players learn little other than enjoying in South Africa,” he said
Kapona said that a reserve league which was an important vehicle for football development must be given due consideration.
He said lack of a reserve league was the main reason for lack of enough playing time for many premier league players leading to lack of competition.
Kapona pointed out the need by FAZ to be discrete about the job of coaches especially at senior level where they still fiddle of whether to go for an expatriate or a local coach.
“FAZ needs a reintroduction of a national football league association that will strictly be involved in the planning of local league structures from amateur to the premier league as it was before. This will reduce the work load of FAZ which will be more involved with various national teams,” he said.
He said there was need for FAZ to partner with the Ministry of Education and other stakeholders in higher institutes of learning to promote robust leagues.
“This will induce intellectual disposition among footballers and thus have the ability to learn quickly from expatriate coaches to understand contract obligations.
Kapona joins Andrew Kamanga in the quest to remove Kalusha Bwalya from the post of presidency.