Delayed disciplinary cases anger ex-FAZ official

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MUKWIMA CHILALA writes                     

THE way disciplinary cases are disposed of by FAZ has raised concerns with Chingola-based soccer administrator Blackwell Siwale                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Siwale who is former FAZ committee member, wondered why cases took so long to adjudicate when the FAZ constitution stipulated that disciplinary cases ought to be decided in a forty-night period.

He noted that people tasked with the mandate to handle disciplinary cases needed to do so clearly without being seen to have a pre-determined agenda so that aggrieved parties did not cry foul play.

Siwale was reacting to the case involving Young Green Eagles and Yeta Football Club in which the player status committee ruled in favor of the former after the latter was alleged to have used two ineligible players in a week 23 league game involving the two sides.

 “If cases are disposed of quickly, that kind of suspicion will not arise at all. What I don’t realize is why cases take long before they are disposed of,

“The player status committee is supposed to sit fortnightly as long as cases are available,’ ’’ he said.

He was surprised that cases took long to adjudicate when the FAZ constitution allowed for a minimum of three committee members to adjudicate matters as long as the chairman was of legal status.

Division One Yeta had appealed the FAZ player status committee’s decision that found them guilty of having used ineligible players and docked the side three points.

But the FAZ appeals committee referred the matter back to the player status committee who upheld its decision having reached a consensus with both Yeta and Young Eagles clubs.

The decision means that Young Eagles have topped the division One Zone four league and will play Kansanshi Dynamos in the super league promotional playoffs.

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