zambia Football House

By Maureen Kawengele

This dramatic fallout between Kamanga and Simataa that we are witnessing is without doubt a clear indication that things have fallen apart at FAZ. The house of football is at its lowest ebb.

It’s is a sorry sight that should worry all of us football loving Zambians. The president Andrew Ndanga Kamanga must be particularly worried especially that he is going into an AGM where many councillors are resolving to rise against him and remove him for what they say are constitutional breaches.

He has lost support of over 3/4 of football support including that of the man he has disparaged today.

Yet it was simataa who nominated for the presidency and campaigned for him.

Just to put things into clear perspective for anyone who may still be doubting about the situation at Yamoto.

A fact which is not in question is that City of Lusaka plc 2000 is the legal body that is City of Lusaka FC.

This body is a company registered at Pacra. The majority shareholder is Forli Limited which is owned by billionaire prominent business man Diego Casilli.

There are other shareholders with small stakes like Chifumu Banda SC, Mrs Christine Mulundika, Yuyi Lishomwa, late Masiye Masiye, and others.

The record is there at Pacra.

The shocking matter is that Kamanga and Ponga, whose full name is Pasipononga Liwewe, are for whatever reason willing to disregard what is legal for a group claiming what doesn’t belong to them.

The group of Justin Zulu who are recipients of thousands of kwacha from Kamanga are the loved ones of Ponga and Kamanga.

Kamanga is known to his supporters as a successful businessman. Surely he understands how companies operate and their ownership. How is it difficult for him to see it at city 2000 plc? Or there is a battle he is fighting which we don’t know?

What kamanga won’t change is the shareholding.

FAZ has no power anywhere to decide anything on it. Worse they are breaching the constitution by parading people before the legal committee. Who gave power to the legal committee to do that? Who gave power to the legal committee to make decisions?

Do members of this committee know their roles and responsibilities and limitations?

In case they didn’t know, I will tell them for free.

Sirs and madams, you have no role to decide the ownership of City of Lusaka and who is appointed by its shareholders and director’s to manage its affairs.

Justin Zulu is not a shareholder. It’s not his company. Please advise Ponga and Kamanga well, lest we start to doubt if your minds are truly legal.

But should we be surprised by this city drama at FAZ?

No we shouldn’t. Kamanga professed transparency, accountability, rule of law and good governance. But what have we seen?

A Secretary General who many are complaining is failing in the job, allegations of hefty payments to himself, holding football advertising contracts without declaring interest.

On the national teams, we couldn’t prepare the CHAN team well and only managed two high profile friendlies versus Circuit City of Lusaka and Orlando pirates. Very high standards in this era.

What about none payment of allowances for the Zambia Under 20?

None payments for the Cosafa, none payments of referees in the league. What about lack of transparency in cash dish outs to himself and the executive committee. Is Kamanga willing to reveal how much he got and his executive for the Cosafa and the under 20 Africa cup.

I challenge him to do so if he is transparent. What about none payment of promised K5000s to the clubs.

What about allegations of not paying salaries and secretariat their allowances for the last two years?

And the latest failure to pay referees for an international match.

What about the forthcoming AGM and who will attend.

It’s just too much to really think that in just two years, things could have fallen so bad for football and Mr Kamanga.

Dear fellow councillors, it may be time in March to save our football by rising against Kamanga and Ponga.

Maybe let’s test if the ethics committee works by writing them to investigate both Ponga and Kamanga.

The author is a Zambian football enthusiast based in South Africa.



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