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Kamanga pledges big

MATHEWS KABAMBA, ROBINSON KUNDA, Lusaka
FOOTBALL Association of Zambia (FAZ) presidential aspirant Andrew Kamanga has pledged to introduce pension and life insurance schemes for players and coaches if elected into office at Saturday’s elective annual general meeting.
Kamanga said in an interview yesterday that football is a short career, hence the need to protect players and coaches through a pension scheme.
“We need a comprehensive insurance cover for our players and coaches. When elected into office, this is an aspect we hope to include in the administration of our beautiful game.
“We shall explore ways to introduce pension schemes and group life assurance packages…it is sad to see how most former players and coaches literally  become destitute when they retire from the game. This can be avoided if we have such a product in place,” Kamanga said.
He is battling it out with incumbent Kalusha Bwalya and Ndola businessman Henschel Chitembeya.
Kamanga (above) also said he would work with the Footballers and Allied Workers Union of Zambia (FAWUZ) as it is in line with the global practice of having a body to represent players.
FAWUZ was officially registered last month with the aim of looking into the plight of former and current players.
“There is nothing wrong with having a players’ union; it is a practice everywhere. You need to have a body that represents players in cases of disputes among other things,” Kamanga said.
Meanwhile, Lusaka Dynamos chairman Mofya Chisala has declared himself incoming FAZ vice-president.
Chisala said at a press briefing in Lusaka yesterday that he has been to all the 10 provinces to explain what should be done for Zambian football to be run effectively and councillors have received his message.
“At this stage I can’t even call myself an aspiring candidate. I am now an incoming FAZ vice-president because I have delivered issue-based campaigns that people have come to appreciate.
“I have also stated that I am not in any camp because even the three presidential candidates have said they will work with whoever will win,” he said.
Chisala, who is Zambia Information & Communications Technology Authority support services director, said he fully understands the challenges football is facing and will strive to address them.
“I am going to ensure that we empower clubs from amateur to the top so that they become self-reliant. This idea of giving K300 or jerseys to clubs will not make them self-reliant.
And another vice-presidential candidate, Richard Kazala, pledged to ensure transparency in the running of football.
Kazala is confident councillors will vote for him because of the good manifesto he has been presenting.
Incumbent Boniface Mwamelo, Pivoty Simwanza and Caephas Katongo are the other candidates running for the vice-presidency.

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