FOOTBALL Association of Zambia (FAZ) president Andrew Kamanga has put his foot down on the appointment of the general secretary saying he was the only one authorized by the constitution to make a proposal.
He said a FAZ general secretary will be in place next Friday because if he failed to pick a name to be his chief executive, it would be a breach of the constitution.
“The truth of the matter is that, if you read the constitution,it is only the FAZ president who has got the legal mandate to propose a name to the FAZ committee. So whether it has been done through interviews or otherwise I will be the only one and I am the only one authorized by the constitution to make that proposal.
“It is only the FAZ president who can propose a name, no one else because the constitution does not allow anyone else. So I can assure you come next week Friday a general secretary will be appointed and will be appointed by me as the one proposing,” he said.
He dismissed possibilities of his proposal being rejected by the executive committee.
“I will deal with it at that point. I am very prepared, so if the name is presented and is rejected I will make a decision because I am the only one who can make a decision. So I hope my colleagues will support whatever name I propose so that we avoid what you are describing. I am happy you are saying hypothetically because that is what it is. But the constitution is very clear what I should do,”Kamanga said.
FAZ has yet to appoint a substantive general secretary since the change of administration in the aftermath of the March 19 annual general meeting in Kitwe.
Last Friday interviews were conducted where three names are expected to make the three member shortlist from which Kamanga will pick his preferred candidate next Friday. And Kamanga dismissed speculation that Football House had signed a kit sponsorship deal with MAFRO.
He however said FAZ was in talks with several other kit manufacturers.
“The correct position is that we have not signed up with anybody. MAFRRO approached FAZ in February this year and once there was a change of administration they came back,” he said.
“Their proposal is in, but we have not yet looked at it as an executive, so it may be a while before any decision is made. In any case I just wanted to also explain because there has been speculation that we have failed to bring back Nike but the truth of the matter is that the Nike issue was conclusively finalized in 2014 because the contract came to an end and the previous executive did not renew,” Kamanga said.