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Chirwa wants investment in schools football


FOOTBALL Association of Zambia (FAZ) aspiring committee member Mike Chirwa says there is need to invest in schools football if Zambia is to regain its giant status in Africa.
Chirwa said in an interview from Kabwe yesterday that he intends to work with the Ministries of Youth and Sport and General Education if voted into office next Saturday.
The FAZ elections are set for Moba Hotel in Kitwe on March 19.
He said schools football is the way to go for Zambian football to return to its glory days.
Chirwa said a number of players in the 1970s and 80s were products of the Zambia Schools.
“We need to go back to the Zambia Schools days. A number of players who played for the national team in the past were from the Zambia Schools and they went on to play at the highest level. I am a believer of the Zambia Schools system,” he said.
Chirwa said with planning, Zambia could retain its status as a giant in Africa.
He also pledged to promote women football if voted into office.
Chirwa said the future of women football is bright citing the under-17 national team’s qualification for the 2014 Costa Rica World Cup and senior national team’s maiden appearance at the African Championship in Namibia in 2014.
“This is proof that we can achieve more with concerted effort,” Chirwa said.
Meanwhile, FAZ presidential aspirant Andrew Kamanga haspledged to introduce a system of rating referees if elected into office at next week’s elective annual general meeting in Kitwe.
Kamanga said in an interview yesterday that Zambia has potential to produce the best referees in Africa but has continued to lag behind due to poor administration of the refereeing affairs.
He is squaring it off against incumbent Kalusha Bwalya and former FAZ executive committee member Henschel Chitembeya.
“Referees are major stakeholders in the game, there is need to enhance the quality of officiating in the country…under my administration we explore ways to introduce referees assessment based on their performance in games.
“This will be coupled with capacity building so that we have quality officials, we want to be producing a minimum of five FIFA referees per year. We have the potential to produce the best referees on the continent,” Kamanga said.
Kamanga said he will run an accountable, transparent and credible administration as opposed to what is allegedly obtaining in the current regime.

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