Football

Walter boils

Walter Bwalya.

MATHEWS KABAMBA, Kitwe and SYLVESTER CHISHIMBA, Lusaka
NKANA striker Walter Bwalya has cried foul over his delayed clearance by the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) to restart

his career at the Wusakile club.
Bwalya, who was at the centre of a duo nationality saga that culminated into FAZ stopping him from featuring for Nkana, now feels unfairly treated by the national football governing body.
The matter has now been resolved following Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) side Lubumbashi Sports Club’s issuance of an international transfer certificate (ITC) for the player.
He will play under the names Walter Bwalya Binene Sabwa and now wants bygones to be bygones so that he can help Nkana, whose cutting edge has been questioned since he was frozen out of the team.
“I don’t know what to say my brother Mathews [author], this issue has really disturbed me. We have given FAZ all that they requested for but I am shocked to read in the paper that I am still not cleared. This is not fair.
“The general secretary [Ponga Liwewe] called my president [Everisto Kabila] that I should go to Lusaka for interviews on Monday and I went but I was told he [Liwewe] is in Morocco and the following day I went back home [Kitwe].
“So what should I do now? This is very sad, my career is being affected and my team is also being affected because they need my services. The league is very tough this season,” Bwalya said.
And in a letter to the FAZ general secretary yesterday, Nkana acting chief executive officer Mutale Kapwepwe asked Football House to clear Bwalya.
“Following your instructions concerning the player, Nkana wrote to FAZ requesting to resolve the matter at club level as per procedure which you accepted as an association and it was agreed that the best way to amicably sort out the issue was for the clubs, in this case Lubumbashi Sport of Democratic Republic of Congo, Nkana Football Club and Forest Rangers to meet and agree and also formalise the international transfer certificate for the player.
“As a club, we initiated the process and convened a tripartite meeting involving the three clubs at which an agreement was reached and the three parties signed a contractual agreement declaring that Walter Bwalya Binene Sabwa is a Nkana player. Further, Lubumbashi Sport sent a clearance release letter to Nkana confirming the said player as a Nkana Football Club player. These documents were sent to FAZ and you have them at Football House,” Kapwepwe said.
He also claimed that they have received reports from DRC that some FAZ officials are trying to block the final release of the ITC.
Kapwepwe alleged that some FAZ officials are working with some football agents to sell Bwalya abroad.

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