THE Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) elective annual general meeting (AGM) slated for next week may not take place as the Andrew Kamanga camp is expected to file an injunction restraining the association from going ahead.
This follows the disqualification of Alex Munasha from contesting as FAZ treasurer by the Legal Committee, a decision which was upheld by the Appeals Committee, a move the Kamanga campaign team has described as frivolous and lacking merit.
Kamanga is challenging incumbent Kalusha Bwalya for the post of FAZ president at what promises to be the hotly contested and controversial AGM.
Munasha was disqualified on grounds that he had not served for four years at club level as stipulated by the constitution for him to participate in this election, a decision that has not been received well with Nkana Football Club and his supporters.
Last Friday, the Appeals Committee gave Munasha till Monday this week to present a signed 2012 FAZ registration form to prove that he had served in the Nkana executive committee for four years but the scanned form he was reported to have submitted was outrightly rejected and branded fake.
The disqualification of Munasha would see incumbent FAZ treasurer Rix Mweemba go through unopposed.
“The registration form which has been submitted by Mr. Munasha is not authentic. That being the case Mr. Munasha has failed to prove his membership at Nkana Football Club to prove his requisite four years to stand for the position of FAZ Treasurer.
‘‘We therefore uphold the decision of the Legal Committee to disqualify him from standing as a treasurer for FAZ annual general meeting,” said the Appeals Committee said in a statement.
Sources from the Andrew Kamanga campaign team have revealed that a legal team was studying the matter in readiness for filing an injunction restraining FAZ from going ahead with the March 19 elective AGM.
“The legal committee will be studying the case involving the disqualification of Munasha. This is to ensure that all is in place before an injunction is filed at High Court. We do not understand why FAZ is blocking Munasha from challenging Mweemba,” the source said. The source added that the campaign team had done their groundwork and will not allow the current executive to block individuals that were qualified from standing.
“A legal battle is on the horizon. We are ready to ensure that justice is done. FAZ should leave the decision of who wins the elections in the councillors. Nkana Football Club proved that Munasha has been in the executive for four years, but wonder how the Appeals Committee is being misguided,” the source said.
Nkana, where Munasha was treasurer, had also indicated in their letter that Football House was keeping Munasha’s original membership form but were pretending not to know.
“It is FAZ which keeps the original forms and not the clubs. We therefore request you to provide the necessary guidance to the Appeals Committee on this matter. Nkana Football Club will not provide the original form because we don’t have it. Kindly do make this form available to the Appeals Committee,’’ Nkana had informed FAZ.
The FAZ elective AGM is set for March 19 at Moba hotel in Kitwe.