THE Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has with immediate effect banned former expelled FAZ Executive Committee member, Blackwell Siwale from all football related activities.
And FAZ has further banned Damiano Mutale of Damiano Academy and Nkana FC’s Kelvin Chipili from all football related activities for putting the name of the association and its President into disrepute.
Following a meeting held by the FAZ Ethics Committee, on Friday April 6, chaired by Kephas Katongo, Siwale was found guilty of obtaining and circulating illegally obtained FAZ documents.
Communications manager Desmond Katongo stated that Siwale has further been found guilty of uttering statements with potential to scare away FAZ partners and potential partners.
Katongo stated that the association notes that, despite failure to appeal his case at the FAZ council, Siwale has continued to put the association’s name into disrepute through the press.
“FAZ wishes to appeal to all its members not to allow Mr Siwale entry to any stadia as doing so will culminate into serious penalties,” he stated.
And FAZ has further banned Mutale and Chipili from all football related activities for putting the name of the association and its President into disrepute.
Katongo stated that this follows the duo’s decision to take the FAZ president to court for abuse of authority of office, a matter which was later withdrawn by the complainant.
He stated that the duo has also been found guilty of falsely accusing the association of preventing them from attending the annual general meeting.
“FAZ wishes to remind its members to adhere to football rules when settling disputes. FIFA has set guidelines that members should regularly familiarize themselves with to avoid sanctions from the mother body. The FIFA rules and regulations clearly stipulate the channels of communication whenever members feel aggrieved.
Article (f) To adopt a statutory clause specifying that any dispute requiring arbitration involving itself, or one of its members and relating to the statutes regulations, directives and decisions of FIFA, CAF, FAZ or the leagues shall come solely under the jurisdiction of the arbitration tribunal or to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne Switzerland both as specified in the FIFA Statutes and in these Statutes and that any recourse to ordinary courts is prohibited,” he stated.
“It is our hope that the decision taken by the Association will bring sanity to the Zambian game and allow the smooth flow of day-to-day running of football.”