FAZ has dispelled assertions that it has a hand in player selection of the national team which has resulted in poor performance of the Chipolopolo Boys in international engagements.
FAZ communications manager Nkweto Tembwe said Football House respected the separation of powers and has never interfered in the duties of the national team coach which includes player selection.
“The current coach George ‘Chicken’ Lwandamina including the past coaches can agree that the executive committee doesn’t take a a hand in which player is called to the national team. If the executive starts to make line-ups, how then can it discipline the coach. We respect the powers of the coach. The coach independently comes up with the list, “he said.
He said the accusation was coming from failed football administrators who have no agenda, knowing that the FAZ elections were approaching.
“These petty accusations are coming from individuals that have failed to make a mark in football administration. They want to try and cheat the Zambians with lies to gain popularity as elections approach.
“We are happy that Zambians are not dull to believe such stories. My advice to these failed administrators is if they want to get into football administration, let them come up with something new because Zambians will not buy such,” he said.
Tembwe said football was developing well and therefore, some individuals should not think of deterring the progress.
But football administrator Simataa Simataa said FAZ knew very well that it was not just on paper but in practice they had a hand in player selection.
“FAZ knows the truth. This issue is in public domain that some of the call-ups come directly from the FAZ executive. It is somehow the reason the team’s performance is below par because some players feature in the teams to get international exposure so that they are sold.
“This has happened for a long time but I am confident that it will soon come to an end,” he said.