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I offer accountability, transparency – Chitembeya

MULWANDA LUPIYA, MATHEWS KABAMBA, Ndola, Lusaka
FOOTBALL Association of Zambia (FAZ) presidential candidate Henschel Chitembeya has urged councillors to elect people that will embrace accountability and transparency at Football House.
And Chitembeya will soon unveil his ‘running mate’ and the other members of his team ahead of the elective annual general meeting set for March 19 at Moba Hotel in Kitwe.
Chitembeya and Andrew Kamanga are challenging incumbent Kalusha Bwalya for the top job.
“I am cautiously optimistic of winning the elections because elections are decided by the ballot. Councillors should vote for people who will bring accountability to FAZ monies and transparency with money from contracts clinched with companies and kit deals.
“Not people who will involve themselves in player transfers and transfer fees. No member of my executive will be allowed to make business ventures within FAZ,” said Chitembeya, a former FAZ executive committee member who served from 2008 to 2010 before resigning.
He stood for the vice-presidency in 2012 but lost to incumbent Boniface Mwamelo.
Chitembeya said in Ndola yesterday that his administration will ensure sanity returns to Football House.
He also promised to delink the Premier League from FAZ.
“We are going to separate the league from FAZ the way it is in other countries like South Africa and England. We are going to delink the league from FAZ in a bid to improve the standard of the game. We want the league to be professionally run,” Chitembeya said.
Meanwhile, Chitembeya said his team has hit the ground running.
Meanwhile, Deputy Minister of Youth, Sport and Child Development Ronald Chitotela has urged the football fraternity to remain united ahead of the elections.
Chitotela said football has been a unifying factor in the country for a long time.
He said the sport can only thrive when all stakeholders are united and focused on developing the game.
“Football is undoubtedly the number one sport in the country. It belongs to all Zambians. For us in Government, what we want to see is that the football family remains united before and after the FAZ elections.
“We will not interfere in the running of the game. Councillors have the mandate to choose people they want to run football and they will vote for people who they feel have interest of football at heart,” Chitotela said.