THERE has been too much indiscipline among FAZ officials which the new executive should deal with, says Zambia Sports Fans Association (ZPFA) patron Peter Makembo
Makembo said FAZ needed a sober-minded person like Simataa Simataa as its new executive secretary to enhance discipline in the mother soccer governing body
He told the Daily Nation that Simataa was the only candidate who could bring sanity to FAZ as he had exhibited high levels of personal and professional integrity and would not allow the association to falter.
He said the fans had been calling for the inclusion of Simataa because his track record showed that he was the right candidate who could add value to the executive as opposed to individuals who used their positions to create despondence among the football faithfuls by waging unnecessary wars with perceived enemies.
He said if Simataa was willing to take up the job, it would be a bonus to the fans who had their own share of intimidation from some officials in the previous regime.
He said fans were looking forward to a time when transparency, professionalism, and harmony would take centre stage at FAZ as opposed to personal attacks.
“We want Simataa to come in as executive general secretary of FAZ. This is the man whose credentials speak for themselves; we know what he has done and we know that he has the ability to bring sanity to FAZ. Speaking as a FIFA trained football administrator, I have no doubt that he is the man the new executive will need.
“We have had enough of problems at that institution and this is the time to forge ahead and that is why the fans from across the country are saying that they want him to take over the mantle.
He asked the new executive to immediately fill up the gap that was left by the departure of Nkweto Tembwe because the media was a critical component of football.
He warned that the executive needed to bring in a person with a good working relationship with the Press, saying the previous communications officer had a lot of critical issues with media houses who were either prevented from covering events at FAZ or not given accreditation to cover matches.
“The media also suffered their own share of victimisation. There were reporters whose jobs were put at stake for merely reporting the truth because all of them were expected to sing songs of praise even when things were not ok.
“That is a very critical position. We need a person who will relate well with reporters, not one who will divide the media because of his own interests. We want to see a new era that will not only clean the mess but also improve the game in Zambia,” said Makembo