THE Football House in Lusaka was yesterday a hive of activity as former senior FAZ officials packed their belongings to end their stay at the institution.
Leading the way was U-20 national team coach Chris Kaunda who was found packing his belongings out of the secretariat including those of his former boss Kalusha Bwalya in the presence of police officers.
A Daily Nation reporter on scene saw Kaunda walk into the secretariat and asked the receptionist for the keys to his office to start packing.
But the receptionist only agreed to hand over the keys in the presence of the police officers who were manning the entrance to the Football House to witness what he (Kaunda) would be collecting from his former offices.
This happened shortly before the newly elected FAZ president Andrew Kamanga drove into the premises where he later addressed the media in the boardroom. And Kamanga told the press that his administration had received a number of notices of resignations from staff at Football House.
He said going forward; it was the expectation of FAZ that all positions which were being vacated would be filled up soon.
“I think that the procedure is very simple and we hope that we will be able to start from somewhere in the coming week,” said Kamanga
He however appealed to the Chipolopolo national soccer team now in camp to remain focused and deliver the results during tomorrow’s 2017 Africa Cup Group E qualifier against Congo-Brazzaville.
Kamanga encouraged the players not to be psychologically disturbed with the change of the executive and resignation of some members of staff but perform professionally and apply their minds to the game.
He said FAZ had a lot of challenges but for this week and it would concentrate on two important games when Zambia faced Congo Brazzaville tomorrow and Sunday in a return match.
“We hope that many soccer fans will turn up because we need the resources; we are travelling to Congo Brazzaville on Sunday for the return match,
“So for this week you will excuse us so that we can focus on those two games and we will be able to rollout our plans in the coming week,”
He appealed to all the soccer fans to give his executive this week to concentrate on the two games and then he would call for a comprehensive later.
“We didn’t want to be seen shying away from the media but I hope going forward we will have your support. There is a lot that needs to be done and we need to slowly start doing some of the things,” Kamanga said.
He promised to start implementing all the pledges in his manifesto.
Government has confirmed the support to the team to be given for this week’s games
“We wish to thank government for the continued support to the team and we hope that we can repay the government with good results this week,” he said.