MUKWIMA CHILALA writes
THE process of implementing club licensing has seen an improvement in the participation of clubs in CAF games, Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) president Andrew Kamanga has said.
Speaking at a Club Licensing workshop in Lusaka, Kamanga said the Association has been working on implementing a national licensing framework that has set minimum standards for clubs in key areas such as youth football development, administration, and infrastructure development.
He said that the process has given them several positives which have had an improvement in the participation and performance in CAF games.
Kamanga notes that clubs such as Zanaco and Zesco United who were among the first to embrace the club licensing have seen the positive impact of the process.
He says that last year the Association had challenges in meeting the minimum Club Licensing requirements for all the four clubs that qualified for CAF games and had to negotiate for provisional licenses for them to take part in the games.
The FAZ president said the aim of the workshop is to continue to engage clubs and share the positive impacts that club licensing will continue to have on shaping the future landscape of Zambian club football.
And Kamanga says the Association has continued to engage CAF to develop an implementation plan that is based on the specific challenges and opportunities in Zambia.
He says that FIFA has revised the 2013 Club Licensing Regulation and introduced the 2021 Editions separately for men and women and also introduced the catalogue of fines for violation of the Club Licensing regulation.