FAZ presidency race heats up

..as Andrew Kamanga says no one will stop him from standing

THE decision to challenge Kalusha Bwalya for FAZ presidency next year is purely to help develop soccer in Zambia and not for personal agenda, says football administrator Andrew Kamanga.

Kamanga said his decision to stand as FAZ president was motivated by the falling standards of the sport in the country.

“Personally I don’t think I have attacked anybody at FAZ. My views are based on three issues which is to restructure the league, improve officiating and do more work on youth sport development. If these three points constitute insults, then it’s regrettable, ” he said.

When asked to comment on some soccer fans that were clad in T-Shirts with his face with an inscription “The real change is here,” Kamanga said that the fans had the right to express themselves but he would not count on them because they were not eligible to vote.

“I believe they are also motivated by the failure of performance. If things were being run well,  there would have been no need for me  or anyone else to challenge any position in FAZ next year,” he said.

Kamanga said he was eligible to stand because he has met the requirements of article 26, 6.1 and 7.1 of the FAZ constitution.

According to the constitution, a presidential candidate should have five years experience with a member association or club. What was needed was for one club to propose and another to second.

“This season I have not registered with any club but that doesn’t deter me from standing like the FAZ executive committee wants to put it. It is a total misrepresentation of facts,” he said.

Kamanga and former FAZ executive committee member Henshel Chitembeya have confirmed their interest in the FAZ presidency  at the elective annual general meeting in 2016.

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