FOOTBALL administrator Simataa Simataa is among the 10 applicants who have been shortlisted for the position of general secretary at Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) which has in the past generated a lot of controversy at Football House.
However, football consultant Ponga Liwewe was not on the list received by the Daily Nation from a source at FAZ.
Simataa, who was considered controversial by the former Kalusha Bwalya-led administration, surprisingly hit the 10-man list which included Adrian Kashala who was disqualified to contest the position of committee member in the March 19 FAZ elections.
Others include lawyer Lombe Mbalashi, Eddy Chunga, Emmanuel Chembo, Brighton Phiri, David Kabamba, Charles Mwila, Kapaya Kaoma and Moto N’gambi.
The source said the selection committee could not leave out Simataa having met all the requirements as stipulated in the advert published last month.
“The committee had no other option but to put Simataa on the list. His credentials were good and I am sure some officials at Football House will not take the news well,” said the source.
But the source said it will be a do or die situation for Simataa to make it on the final three –man list to be submitted to Kamanga after interviews on May 5.
“This will be a tough time for president Andrew Kamanga to choose the right man for the job. The fact that he is surrounded by those in the previous administration. They may push for their person. Simataa still remains a thorn to some individuals,” said the source.
Last month, FAZ vice-president Richard Kazala had issued a statement that Simataa did not qualify for the position of general secretary because he faced FAZ and FIFA disciplinary action and had no support of the executive.
FAZ resolved to advertise the position of general secretary against the FAZ constitution after the executive failed to agree on a suitable person following a five-hour meeting. By press time, the acting general secretary Katongo Kabungo could not be reached for a comment.
Fifty-four applications were received and only 10 were short listed.