FOOTBALL Association of Zambia (FAZ) presidential aspirant Andrew Kamanga is upbeat of defeating incumbent Kalusha Bwalya during the elective annual general meeting set for March 19 in Kitwe.
Kamanga filed his nomination for the FAZ presidency at Football House in Lusaka yesterday.
The Lusaka businessman arrived in a white Range Rover accompanied by Nkana Football Club treasurer Alex Munasha, Ndola United executive committee member Edwin Sisya and former under-20 national team manager Gift Chaipa among others.
Munasha and Sisya filed nominations for the positions of treasurer and committee member respectively.
In an interview after filing his nomination, Kamanga said his priority is to improve the standard of football in the country.
â€œIf we are given chance, we will attract the corporate world into football. Football is big business with the potential to generate millions of dollars. We are also going to restructure the league and delink the Super Division from FAZ,â€ Kamanga said.
He said he is more than qualified to contest for the FAZ top job having served six years at Super Division Kabwe Warriors.
Kamanga was also committee member at Power Dynamos.
Kalusha is defending the position he has held since 2008 while former FAZ executive committee member Henschel Chitembeya is also vying for the top job.
â€œThe other thing we want to do is distribute money to all the clubs including those in the lower leagues like what FIFA does to its affiliates. We will also build positive relations with football stakeholders,â€ Kamanga said.
He also called for transparency and peaceful elections.
The FAZ elections are set for Moba Hotel in Kitwe.
And Munasha said he is the best candidate for the position of treasurer.
â€œI have the very best of qualifications and experience the Football Association of Zambia needs in a treasurer that will bring financial discipline and be able to attract the much needed corporate goodwill and quality sponsorship on board,â€ Munasha said.
He is a business process controller at Mopani Copper Mines.
FAZ treasurer Rix Mweemba is defending the position while former treasurer Kelvin Mutafu is also expected to contest the position.
Meanwhile, Afrisport Football Club executive director Gabriel Kaunda has filed his nomination for the committee member position, MULWANDA LUPIYA reports.
Kaunda filed his nomination on Wednesday.
He said with his background of nurturing young players, he could contribute to the growth of football in the country.
â€œEmphasis will be to reach out to the remotest places in the country and try and identify and nurture talent and also promote amateur football in provinces,â€ said Kaunda, who groomed Chipolopolo stars Stopilla Sunzu, Rainford Kalaba and Jacob Mulenga.
He said there are many young talented players across the country that have not yet been identified but believes with his passion of working with the grassroots, more footballers can be brought to the fore.