THE Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) executive committee has resolved to appoint Katongo Kabungo as its acting general secretary after a five-hour meeting held yesterday at Football House.
This has seemingly ended what could have been an explosive matter following speculations that Simataa Simataa was headed for the position.
The meeting which started around 14:30 hours and attended by all executive committee members failed to conclusively agree on who takes over the position of GS.
FAZ president Andrew Kamanga said the committee had resolved to appoint Kabungo currently referees manager to act as general secretary while the position is advertised.
“The committee has resolved to appoint Kabungo as acting GS but we will advertise in the media soon. For now Kabungo will act until that time, “he said
Kamanga said the appointment of Kabungo was still within the confines of the constitution.
“This appointment is within the confines of the constitution. When the position is advertised and the names are brought forward I will still propose the preferred candidate. So there is nothing wrong with what has been resolved, “ he said.
Kabungo takes over from George Kasengele who resigned in the aftermath of FAZ president, Kalusha Bwalya’s defeat to Kamanga.
Meanwhile, Simataa opted to remain silent over Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) vice-president Richard Kazala’s statement that he does not qualify for the position of general secretary because he faces FIFA and FAZ disciplinary action.
Simataa, when contacted by the Daily Nation for a comment over the statement issued by Kazala on Wednesday, said he will comment at an appropriate time.
“I have no comment over the issued statement. I will comment at an appropriate time,’’ Simataa said.
Kazala had said in a statement that Simataa did not have the support of the FAZ executive committee and therefore could not be considered for the position of general secretary.
Zambia Sports Fans Association patron Peter Makembo suggested on Tuesday that the new FAZ administration should consider appointing Simataa to the position of general secretary because he was the most qualified and appropriate.
But Kazala said on Thursday: “We would like to stress that Simataa cannot be considered for this position because he faces FAZ/FIFA disciplinary action and does not have our support.
“Simataa could not be disciplined in the past years as he withdrew his FAZ membership but upon his decision to register with FAZ, sanctions will be imposed on him as per correspondence from FIFA attached shows,’’ he said.
Some sources at Football House revealed that Simataa was among the favourite candidates to take up the position of FAZ chief administrator.
However Simataa was not in good books with some of the executive members who also served in the previous executive.