THE Football Association of Zambia ( FAZ) has suspended its vice president Richard Kazala for alleged gross misconduct and failure to account for ticket sales of K 1,650,000. In a letter dated November 4, 2016 to Kazala which was signed by FAZ president Andrew Kamanga, five charges have been leveled against him which included making transactions on behalf of FAZ without express authority, receiving monies on behalf of FAZ, and insubordination. In the second charge, Kazala is said to have received money on behalf of FAZ despite Kamanga’s guidance that such functions remained a preserve of the general secretary and finance manager. Kazala is also alleged to have failed to account for the ticket sales worth K 1, 650,000 where he accepted and received K 1,500,000 causing FAZ to lose K 150, 000. Kazala is also charged with failure to exercise due care thereby resulting in FAZ incurring potential loss of K 1.9 million on account of him accepting K 1.6million in exchange for 30,000 tickets despite the Kamanga and FAZ general secretary Ponga Liwewe negotiating a higher figure of K 3.5 million. The move, according to FAZ, forced Kamanga and Liwewe to renegotiate the transaction where FAZ could issue tickets worth K 1.6 million and sell the rest to the open market. In the fifth account, Kazala is charged with insubordination for allegedly ordering the issuance of the nomination letter of Kalusha Bwalya as FIFA council committee member to be written irrespective of the COSAFA and CECAFA position over the matter despite Kamanga issuing out an instruction that the matter be tabled during the executive committee meeting held yesterday. “Kindly refer to the treasurer’ s email of 21, 25, and 26 October2016 regarding the collection of funds in respect of bulk ticket sales for the Zambia vs. Nigeria match tickets wherein the actual tickets are not fully covered by the cash receipt tendered by yourself and executive committee member Blackwell Siwale. In your email of October 26, 2016 addressed to the president and GS and DGS you ordered the issuance of the nomination letter for Kalusha Bwalya to be written irrespective of the COSAFA or CECEFA position who you alleged had no control over FAZ. “In view of the seriousness of the matter at hand, it has become necessary that a full enquiry be undertaken to establish the truth surrounding this matter. Accordingly, you are hereby suspended, in accordance with article 28(1) (i) of ten FAZ constitution, with immediate effect from performing FAZ duties until you are cleared by the enquiry,” the letter read in part.
…As FAZ nods Kalu nomination
AFTER much speculation and the hullabaloo that characterised Football House over its purported manoeuvres to block the nomination of Kalusha Bwalya for the FIFA council committee membership, FAZ has finally unanimously resolved to rally behind him. FAZ general secretary Ponga Liwewe said the decision to back Kalu was arrived at during executive committee meeting yesterday. Liwewe said as a sign of solidarity to Kalu, FAZ president Andrew Kamanga has invited 13 football association presidents from the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) to endorse the former FAZ president. He further said FAZ would send a formal request to government to join and beef up the lobbying for Kalu’s candidature at the football governing body “At its meeting held at Football House on Saturday, 5th November, 2016, the Executive Committee of the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) unanimously agreed to support Kalusha Bwalya’s nomination for FIFA Council membership. “As a sign of solidarity of Kalusha’s candidacy, thirteen Football Association presidents from the COSAFA region will visit Zambia at the invitation of FAZ president Andrew Kamanga. FAZ will send a formal request to the Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ) to join in the lobbying of Kalusha’s candidacy,” Liwewe said. However, this development has left most soccer pundits questioning whether the move was done purely for the sake of quenching the simmering relationship among officials at Football House after initial word went round that Kamanga attempted block Kalusha’s candidacy by refusing to draft a recommendation letter. Correspondence to FAZ to write a recommendation letter is said to have been delivered early last month but that Kamanga was not for the idea because Kalu’s request for a letter came when the association had already endorsed COSAFA president Suketu Patel as a regional decision. Kamanga’s reluctance prompted his vice Richard Kazala to write a letter seeking indulgence on the matter and the FAZ president replied four days later instructing the general secretary, Ponga Liwewe to have the issue as an agenda item during yesterday’s meeting. This was followed by two weeks of speculations, accusations, and counter-accusations over the matter.