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Campaign alone, Kalu tells Kazala, Simwanza


FOOTBALL Association of Zambia (FAZ) president Kalusha Bwalya has advised vice-presidential candidates Richard Kazala and Pivoty Simwanza to campaign on their own ahead of the elective annual general meeting.
Kalusha told Southern Province councillors at Choma Hotel on Tuesday that he will work with whoever will emerge victorious.
He urged councillors to scrutinise the two and vote for the person they feel will be equal to the task.
Ndola lawyer Kephas Katongo, Lusaka Dynamos chairperson Mofya Chisala and incumbent Boniface Mwamelo are also in the race for the vice-presidency.
“We have very good candidates for the vice-presidency of FAZ. Each one for himself. I am very comfortable with Kazala and also Pivoty. You the councilors have to look at them and listen to what they say and make a judgment on who you will give me as my deputy,” Kalusha said.
He said he has not picked any preferred candidate but would work with whoever will win.
Kalusha said he will continue developing Zambian football as well as marketing it internationally.
He is being challenged Andrew Kamanga and Henschel Chitembeya.
And Kamanga has pledged to decentralise the management of football in all the 10 provincial centres.
Speaking when he featured on Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation Radio 4 programme yesterday, Kamanga said there is need for football officials in various parts of the country to have access to the secretariat without difficulties.
“Football officials are forced to travel to Lusaka to do the registration. This is not good. We are going to set up mini-administration offices in all the provincial centres,” he said.
The former Kabwe Warriors chairman said he will work hard to develop football if elected FAZ president.
“We are going to restore integrity in football management. We will make sure that football takes its rightful place. There will be no corruption in the selection of players to all the national teams,” he said.
Meanwhile, Simwanza says his chances of winning during next Saturday’s elective annual general meeting are 80 percent because clubs appreciate his contribution to local soccer, BENEDICT TEMBO reports.
Simwanza says unlike some of his rivals who disappear from the soccer scene and only resurface during elections, he will be judged for being an all-weather soccer administrator.
The Ndola-based businessman says his benevolence to football over the years will speak for him during elections billed for Moba Hotel in Kitwe.
“I need to be promoted [to become vice-president] because they have seen my works on the ground. I am able to show what I have done,” Simwanza bragged.
While some candidates only donate footballs during the run-up to elections, he does it throughout his term as a FAZ committee member.
“I have been told by clubs that I deserve to be elevated to a higher position because of my experience. Even when I have little resources, I know how to use them,” he says.

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