RB congratulates Ponga

Former President Rupiah Banda has congratulated football consultant Ponga Liwewe on his appointment as FAZ general secretary.

Liwewe is expected to take up his post on June 1.

In an interview RB said he was excited about the new FAZ executive comprising accomplished young people.

RB said that there was enough room in the game to accommodate even the ousted Kalusha Bwalya leadership.

“These are young people whose interest in these things is voluntary. When something is voluntary you put more into it. They are not stranded; people like Kamanga are not stranded, he is doing very well in his business. He is a brilliant young man,” said the FAZ life member.

He said Kamanga had fought until the people realized that he would make a good leader, humble, better educated and experienced in business.

He added: “When you read what he says it is very exciting to have a leader of our football now at that level.”

Banda said Liwewe had carved his own name in football and deserved the position of general secretary.

“Look at Ponga, the whole Southern Africa knows him, not because of his father’s name (Dennis Liwewe) but because he has carved his own way,” he said.    He is not a commentator (like his father) but you know that this is a true lover of football and understands the game.” On the pre-FAZ elections where there was an attempt to drag his name in the mud Banda said, “You saw my name, anybody in this country who has problems with people blames it on me,

“I understand that even at their (FAZ) election when they were meeting, various forces were saying these are Rupiah Banda boys. Unfortunately for them Rupiah Banda boys won which means that perhaps it is not a bad name to be associated with Rupiah Banda.”

Banda said although he was never duly credited for his part in helping Zambia win the 2012 Africa Cup he was proud of his contribution toward the Chipolopolo.

“In football I am proud although I have never been given credit for it that we won the Africa Cup, because mainly because of Rupiah Banda’s programmes which prepared the team even the coach I helped bring in a new coach although it was very expensive and it paid for us,” he said.

“You know funny enough both coaches (Dario Bonetti and Herve Renard) are very close to me, the one whom they got rid of (Bonetti) and the one they brought back (Renard). Both are close to me because they coach the game I love so much and I worked very close with them.”



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