CHINGOLA businessman Richard Kazala says time has come for Zambian football to shift from dependency syndrome to self-sustenance for the sport to develop.
Kazala has also advised clubs to consider generating their own resources instead of wholly depending on sponsors.
The vice presidential Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) aspirant told the over 30 Central Province Clubs’ councillors that it was their mandate to elect people that will put in place policies that will revamp football in the country.
“Football must move away from hand-outs and this can only be realised if you elect people that will focus on revamping the sport. Football anywhere in the world is big business capable of generating income. We cannot continue to depend on government and other stakeholders for everything hence the need to change that tradition when elected into office,” he said.
Kazala confidently maintained that he was the right man to work with FAZ president Kalusha Bwalya in achieving the 2016 -2020 goals.
“I will harness local and global contacts to help commercialise football as we prepare for the 2018 World Cup as well as decentralise Division two and three clubs from FAZ so that they are run by provincial associations. This will see FAZ focus on Super League and Division One,”
He also indicated that he will ensure that a K10, 000 prize is introduced for Division two, three and four winners to enhance competition in the lower ranks.
“The K10, 000 will be shared among the three lower Divisions and should distributed by end of February to deserving clubs. Our game needs progression and hence Division One clubs will only be coached by ‘B’ licensed coaches by end of this year,” he said.
Meanwhile, aspiring committee member Blackwell Siwale said he will help lower league clubs with contracts preparation so that they can protect their players.
“For some time now, lower clubs have lost key players to bigger teams without following the stipulated procedure. This is because there are loop holes in the contracts and I passionately want to change this trend,” he said.
The FAZ elective annual general meeting is set for March 19 at Moba hotel.
Henshel Chitembeya and Andrew Kamanga are challenging Kalusha while Kazala faces opposition from Lusaka Dynamos chairman Mofya Chisala.
Those contesting the committee member post include Zambia Daily Mail journalist Alex Basopo Njovu, Lenny Nkhuwa, Siwale, Lee Kawanu and Mike Chirwa.