MUKWIMA CHILALA writes
FAZ president Andrew Kamanga has hailed UEFA for helping the association with a Toyota Hiace bus worth $51,000 and mentoring FAZ Executive committee members during a two days high level management orientation workshop at Bonanza Hotel in Lusaka.
Meanwhile, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has named the FAZ president as the vice president of the Finance Committee.
Kamanga said the high level management orientation facilitated by UEFA Head of International Relations Eva Pasquier is a starting point to achieving great results.
“The minibus that we are inaugurating is part of the support that we would like to provide to FAZ, what we believe in as UEFA is in capacity building and working together with FAZ, we will mentor and assist them to achieve results because this is where we want to leave a legacy with our programmes,” Pasquier said.
She led a team of UEFA experts in conducting a leadership retreat where they met different stakeholders such as government, sponsors, media and fans before conducting a two-day retreat with the FAZ executive committee and members of staff.
“I truly believe that there is so much potential in Zambia and under the leadership of the president (Andrew Kamanga) and Exco (executive committee), I see good chances of creating a good world cup team and definitely, you are on a good day,” Pasquier said.
Kamanga said his executive has prioritised capacity building as one area which will help the association deliver to the expectations of the membership.
Kamanga said FAZ is committed to creating solid partnerships in its drive to develop football.
Kamanga also hinted that FAZ is in talks with UEFA and partners to introduce equipment that will improve the quality of Football county wide. Kamanga said FAZ is determined to get to a point where in can deploy technology to develop the Zambian game.
Pasquier, who is representing a programme called “Assist” said UEFA seeks to promote relations with continents from which they benefit most in terms of players.
And the FAZ president joins the CAF standing committee at a time when the organisation is seeking reforms.
According to a statement issued by the continental soccer governing body, Kamanga will deputise Fouzi Lekjaa, president of FRMF (Moroccan Football Federation) and FIFA Council member.
The appointments follows a proposal by CAF president Patrice Motsepe to then CAF Emergency Committee, who, in turn, forwarded the names to the Executive Committee for ratifications.
“Fouzi Lekjaa continues his mission at the head of the Finance Committee. The decision was approved at the previous Exco Meeting.
M Lekjaa, President of FRMF (Moroccan Football Federation) and FIFA Council member, will be assisted by Andrew Kamanga, President of FAZ (Football Association of Zambia), as the vice president.
“The decision was approved at the previous Exco Meeting. M Lekjaa, President of FRMF (Moroccan Football Federation) and FIFA Council member, will be assisted by Mr. Andrew Kamanga, President of FAZ (Football Association of Zambia), as the vice president,” reads a statement posted on the CAF website.