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Kabwe United back Kalu, Mweemba

DIVISION Two outfit Kabwe United Soccer Academy will rally behind Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) president Kalusha Bwalya and treasurer Rix Mweemba at the March 19 elective annual general meeting in Kitwe.
Club secretary Max Chanda said in an interview yesterday that Kalusha is the right man to move Zambian football forward.
Chanda said since his election in 2008, Kalusha has shown that he cares about the plight of clubs in the lower ranks through capacity building of coaches and administrators.
“As they say, if it is not broken do not fix it. In the name of continuity with the wonderful works at Football House, we are endorsing incumbent president Kalusha, he has our vote.
“The man has provided exemplary leadership from the time he has been at FAZ.  There will always be critics but if you look at the positives that have come to Zambian football during his tenure they outweigh the negatives,” he said.
Kalusha is being challenged by football administrator Andrew Kamanga and former FAZ executive committee member Henschel Chitembeya, among others.
Chanda also said Mweemba has experience to safeguard FAZ coffers.
“Rix has been there before and has a proven track record. It is for this reason that as a club we have resolved to support his candidature at the elective council. He was here (Kabwe) last week and he gave a clear and convincing manifesto on how he plans to safeguard resources at Football House,” he said.
And Blackwell Siwale, who is vying for the executive committee member position, said campaigns are progressing well.
“You must vote for people with passion, dedication and who are selfless to run football. I have a passion for rural football. I have identified a lot of players in the past from rural areas who are currently playing for various Super Division teams,” Siwale said when addressing 33 Eastern Province clubs in Chipata last Friday.
He promised not to let down councillors when elected into office.
Siwale said he is going to Football House to work for Zambian football.
And Siwale’s campaign manager Joe Masesa urged councillors to vote for leaders that have demonstrated commitment to develop football.
“I am urging the honourable councillors to rally behind the candidature of leaders that have been with you in the past four years engaging you in various activities such as capacity building and training of coaches. Do not vote for those who are calling you on phone to vote for them or those who are campaigning through social media, let them come to you and face you,” Masesa said.

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