By Sports Reporter
SOME lower division football clubs have supported the decision by the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) to advertise the position of general secretary saying it will bring in the right person
Division Two side, Chilenje Youth Soccer Academy chairperson Joel Mbao said the decision made by the executive committee was a fair deal and in the interest of football.
Mbao in an interview in Lusaka yesterday said it was difficult for a committee made up of members from two different camps to conclusively appoint a general secretary.
“I feel it is a fair deal to advertise the position of general secretary. Yes, the constitution states that the executive committee should appoint the general secretary, but in this matter it is obvious that the members could not agree on the right person,
“An advertisement will bring in the appointment of a neutral person that both the councillors and executive committee will be comfortable to work with,” he said.
“The advertisement for general secretary should not be politicised. I urge the councillors to give the executive committee confidence until such a substantive time,” he said.
Matero Youth Academy Club secretary Jairous Siame charged that the decision to advertise the post was made in good faith.
“I believe the Kamanga led executive knows what they are doing. I am sure the new president will handle the issue well. It’s too early to offer criticism. The post of general secretary is a critical office and hence should be well handled,” he said.
And a named Division Two club chairperson in Central Province who spoke on condition of anonymity said the decision should not have malice from certain individuals of the executive committee.
“I hope this is done in good faith. This is a new administration and we hope the decisions made will benefit the sport. We gave them the mandate, and they should deliver. Football must win at the end of the day,” said the source.
But Siame said lower division teams were community-based and therefore the decision to continue paying referees officiating fees was a good move.
“It’s good the new executive committee is picking some of the positives from the previous administration. We commend the administration because lower division teams face financial challenges,” he said.