FOOTBALL is a big business capable of financing its activities, but the opportunities have not properly been utilised in Zambia, says Ciltax Zambia executive chairman Kingsley Chanda.
Chanda was speaking at the Ciltax Zambia and the Football Association of Zambia signing ceremony of a two-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) worth K250, 000 aimed at computerising all provinces to enhance the administration and running of the game.
He said that Zambia was adept at running football as a business and set an example to the entire continent.
He announced that the company will further render free consultation services to FAZ to improve income for the football association in order to finance football activities at all levels.
“Football can finance itself; there is so much goodwill for the game which has not been properly harvested. Our consultation service will focus on generating ideas and initiatives to improve income for FAZ.
‘‘Government support is critical in this transformation period; we have confidence that Zambia can finance the activities through football business in future,” he said.
Meanwhile, Chanda said the MoU signed will see 10 provinces equipped with modern ITC tools as FAZ aims at decentralising the running of football.
“This will help FAZ in terms of unlimited communication at provincial level.. The ITC equipment includes desktop computers, laptops, printers, scanners and related computer software for Football House and all 10 provinces,” he said.
FAZ president Kalusha Bwalya said the provision of ICTs in every province will reduce costs of officials travelling to Lusaka for registration.
“This partnership is an important milestone for football in the country and will add to the new incentives we are taking to offset the costs of referees’ fees and enable clubs do registration in their respective regions. Our provincial centres will be positioned to help all clubs,’’ he said.
He urged football administrators to continue working hard to develop Zambian football.