ASPIRING candidates for the March 19 Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) elective annual general meeting (AGM) have promised to enhance women football development and advocate for their recognition by providing good allowances.
Speaking at a campaign meeting for Lusaka women football clubs, aspiring committee member Blackwell Siwale indicated that women football needed massive support from all stakeholders to ensure that the talent does not go to waste.
“We have talented women footballers and all they need is massive support from every Zambian. I hope to promote women football and advocate for their recognition through good prize money and recognition awards,”
“I will also lobby FAZ to allow women teams to play their matches on Super league pitches, for instance 13.00 hours on Saturday or on Sundays so as to adequately prepare them for international competitions. I will also fight for equity in terms of allowances for women footballers,” he said.
And Chingola businessman and aspiring vice president Richard Kazala said FAZ has not been able to do a lot for women football in the country due to financial constraints. Kazala apologised on behalf of the soccer body for not providing enough support for women football but promised to change the status quo when he is elected.
He said once elected into office, he will work together with the president to create a women’s league across the country to prevent girls from engaging in illicit behaviours. “I will ensure a budget for women football is included in the FAZ annual budget as it was cardinal in developing of the sport. I will help in ensuring a clean and transparent FAZ executive to meet the aspirations of all stakeholders,” he said.
He called on the women to vote for their fellow woman who understands the challenges well.
Kazala who is currently a FAZ committee member faces opposition from Lusaka Dynamos chairman Mofya Chisala for the post of vice-president.
The FAZ elective AGM is scheduled for March 19 at Moba Hotel in Kitwe.