SOCCER Administrator and Technical Analyst Noel Kasonde has charged that the Football Association of Zambia – FAZ President Andrew Kamanga has prerogative to nominate someone or himself going for the Confederation of African Football – CAF Executive committee position and that government must stop imposing Kalusha Bwalya as that amounts to interference.
Kasonde was speaking to THE PUNCH in the wake of controversy where both Bwalya and Kamanga have expressed interest in the one position ahead of the CAF General Congress on 18th July. Bwalya assumed the position when he was FAZ President and wants to go for the second bite at the cherry. The controversy is that Bwalya filed his application without notifying the FAZ.
“Initially, that position is reserved for FA Presidents but then if they don’t want, they can nominate someone else to stand. So we feel there is some unseen government interference which now amounts to interference, and you know the consequences of that,” said Kasonde.
The State run Zambia Daily Mail recently quoted Sports Minister Moses Mawere as saying that government will consult all stakeholders on who to back for the position. Bwalya, in 2016 actively campaigned for the PF in what most observers thought he would be given a lucrative government position dealing with sports but that did not come to pass.