FOOTBALL Association of Zambia (FAZ) is ready to deliver an elective annual general meeting (AGM) that will be fair and satisfy the football fraternity.
FAZ communications manager Nkweto Tembwe at a briefing at Football House yesterday said all was in place for the hosting of the much-awaited elective AGM this Saturday at Moba Hotel in Kitwe.
“All is on course for this Saturday’s FAZ elective AGM in Kitwe. The secretariat is ready to host the meeting that will bring happiness to the football fraternity. I can gladly pronounce that we are ready for the meeting,” Tembwe said.
He said all the delegates were required to follow the FAZ electoral rules to avoid condoning lawlessness.
“We have the electoral code of conduct that guides us on the elections. We expect all those attending the AGM to uphold the electoral rules,” he said.
Meanwhile, the legal committee that sat yesterday at Football House said the Electoral College will be published ahead of the election date and made available to the delegates at the meeting.
The committee deputy chairperson Sokwani Chilembo in a statement said that the number of clubs or associations to be ratified by the council stood at 58.
Furthermore, only three delegates from each club would be allowed to attend the meeting, one of which shall vote.
There would also be a stakeholders meeting comprising of candidates and their election agents to be held on Friday to agree on the ground rules and to have the agents accredited.
FAZ president Kalusha Bwalya will be seeking a third term but faces opposition from Lusaka business executive Andrew Kamanga and former FAZ executive committee member Henschel Chitembeya.
Tembwe announced that the Gabon 2017 Africa Cup of Nations first leg qualifier between Zambia and Congo Brazzaville on March 23 will be played under floodlights at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.
“The game between the senior national team and Congo Brazzaville will be played under floodlights with kick-off time at 18:00 hours in Ndola at Levy Mwanawasa,” he said.
Meanwhile, Tembwe said the Shepolopolo were scheduled to leave for Windhoek today ahead of their 2016 African Women Championship (AWC) first round, return leg against Namibia.
He said FAZ was impressed with the girls’ morale and commitment to training ahead of the return leg on Friday. The Shepolopolo will leave this afternoon for Namibia. “We are happy with the preparation and we are confident they will finish off the return leg in style. The girls should just remain focused,” he said.
The Shepolopolo beat Namibia 3-1 in the first leg played on March 6 at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka.
The winner will play Tanzania or Zimbabwe in the final round of qualification to Cameroon later this year.