The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) Ethics Committee has has recommended that Andrew Kamanga the go-ahead to contest the CAF Executive Committee seat after passing the Integrity Test.
This follows a request by the FAZ Executive Committee to subject Kamanga and soccer legend Kalusha Bwalya, who are both vying for the same CAF role, to the Integrity Test.
Bwalya, however, reportedly declined to undergo the requisite test that was prescribed under Article 60 of the FAZ Constitution, effectively ruling himself out of running for the CAF position he has held for eight years.
“The conduct of the committee under Article 7 of the FAZ Constitution obliges the committee to observe the statutes, regulations, directives, decisions and codes of Ethics of FIFA, CAF and FAZ,” reads the report signed by committee members Kephas Katongo, Freddie Chalenga and Kizzy Moonga.
“The Integrity Test is embedded in the FIFA Governance Regulations (FGR), Article 4, “Eligibility Checks, all members of the council (including the president) of the standing committees, of the independent committees as well as General Secretary shall be required to fulfil eligibility checks in accordance with Annex 1 of the FGR prior to their (re-) election or (re-) appointment. Annex 1, Clause 2 of the FGR requires that all candidates to be subjected to the Eligibility Test provide written consent of their willingness to undergo the Eligibility Test.”
The Committee reports that Bwalya declined to undergo the Integrity Test on account that he is an immediate past CAF executive member and that he had served out his ban by FIFA which was reduced.
“Mr. Bwalya’s objection to undergo the Eligibility Test is against the FIFA Governance Regulations,” reads the report.
The Committee stated that Kamanga underwent the test and was given the go-ahead to seek office.
“It is the Ethics Committee’s considered opinion that, given the fact that, given the fact the Eligibility Test was only administered on one candidate who possesses the ability to be nominated for the CAF Executive Committee position, the Ethics Committee has got no objection to nominate the candidate who was subjected to and met the Eligibility,” states the report.
Nominations for the elections that will held in July close on May 31, 2019.