Richard Kazala’s revelations that there are no royalties being paid for replica jerseys is a confirmation that some Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) executive members are allegedly corrupt and councillors must be objective when ushering in a new executive on March 19, a former FAZ official has charged.
Former FAZ official Keagan Chipango has said Kazala is an incumbent committee member in FAZ and therefore knowledgeable about the inside dealings at Football House.
Kazala had earlier said FAZ was not in a position to produce documentation of having received royalties from the sale of replica jerseys at Football House as proceeds were always going into individual pockets.
“The revelations by Kazala can be deemed as an act of betrayal, but one that gives an insight of what happens inside the FAZ secretariat. It is not surprising that the issue of replica jerseys is being raised again. There have been accusations that the proceeds from replica jerseys go into the pockets of individuals, who are FAZ officials. Now this is being confirmed by a sitting member of the executive committee,” Chipango said.
He said if Kazala’s revelation was true, then it was illogical to say that FAZ is financially bankrupt and justified to deny women football team players allowances when in fact some individuals were not paying royalties.
“Our women are not given allowances because FAZ claims that they did not have the financial muscle. I am sure that if royalties were paid, our women could have decent allowances and not a K100,” he said.
Chipango challenged delegates to the March 19 FAZ elective annual general meeting to take note of all the corrupt activities in the soccer body being made public.
“It is only the councillors that can clean the dirt in FAZ. They should seriously scrutinise all the candidates. They should not cry foul after March 19,”he said.
Meanwhile, Division three side Matero Youth Academy Football Club secretary Jarious Siame challenged Kazala to point at individuals benefitting from the proceeds from the jerseys at the expense of clubs.
Siame said lower division sides faced many financial challenges, hence it was disheartening to discover that FAZ money was being misappropriated by individuals.
“I feel Kazala should point at all those involved in the failure to pay royalties. Why should only certain individuals benefit from the national cake? It is time that councillors started questioning the credibility of candidates contesting the FAZ elections. They should be an objective ahead of the polls,” he said.
Siame challenged the women organisations to support the female candidates vying for FAZ posts.
“As a club, we are calling for more women representation in the executive committee. It is sad that female candidates are not receiving support from the women lobby groups. The women organisations should begin to encourage the women in soccer to take up positions. This way, gender equality will be achieved,” he said.