THE newly elected Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) executive committee under Andrew Kamanga should ensure the association is run within the confines of the constitution unlike the previous kiosk- (katemba) type of governance, says former FAZ official Keagan Chipango.
Chipanga told the Daily Nation yesterday in an interview that the new executive were put into office by the councillors because they believed in their manifesto and desired change.
“I urge the new executive committee not to run football like a kiosk. They should aim to run FAZ within the confines of the constitution. This is what councillors desired in the previous administration and decided to give Kamanga a four-year mandate,” he said.
He said those in administration should understand that change was inevitable and not ignore the various concerns raised by the councillors.
“The previous administration thought change was impossible and ignored the various issues raised on how Football House was operating. They responded with threats which were not part of good governance. The new administration should listen and embrace every stakeholder in the development of football in Zambia,” he said.
Chipango said that those FAZ officials and staff not happy with the new administration were free to resign as it has been the case the past three days.
“We have seen the ardent supporters of the previous administration resign. I feel there is nothing wrong if they are not happy with the current leadership,” he said.
And Matero Youth Academy Football Club secretary Jarius Siame has implored the new administration to implement their campaign promises.
Siame said councillors voted for the new administration because they believed in their manifesto and were now eager to see change as promised.
“Councillors voted because of the good promises. Our wish is to see Kamanga fulfill the promises made such as winning. The lower division teams should begin to witness change,” he said.
Siame urged the new executive not to discard the good things achieved or implemented under the Kalusha Bwalya administration but build the future on them.
“It is unfair to say the former administration did not leave positive development. I urge the new leadership to pick progressive ideas and implement them,” he said. Siame called on Kamanga to reconcile all stakeholders that might have distanced themselves from the sport because of differences with the old administration.
“Kamanga should work on reconciling football administrators, former and current players, that were not in good books with the past leadership for the development of the sport. This should be a priority if football has to win,” he said.
Kamanga was in the early hours of Sunday elected as the new FAZ president replacing soccer icon Kalusha.