FAZ probing match-fixers – Kashala

THE Football Association of Zambia says it is engaging investigators to narrow down on perpetrators of match fixing that worked with former FAZ vice-president Boniface Mwamelo who was last week banned for life from football activities by FIFA.

Mwamelo was banned after FIFA found him guilty of match fixing and accepting bribes from international match fixers, a crime he committed during his reign at FAZ and when he travelled with the Under 23 to Egypt for the 2010 Cairo Olympics Tournament.

FAZ general secretary Adrian Kashala has disclosed that the ban had raised serious concerns and going forward, the association carefully would look into each game.

“That is a very serious issue, you will never know how deep rooted it has gone. It is something that has raised serious concerns and we, as FAZ, have taken it seriously. We are engaging investigators to begin to follow up, even those that were involved in this whole thing should be brought to the public and get it known,” Kashala said.

“We have constituted a team and we call it the anti-match fixing to keenly be following local and international games so that we don’t have a replica of what has happened. It’s quite embarrassing, it’s not just about FAZ, it’s about the perception that we are creating as a country.”

Kashala warned would-be match fixers to refrain from the vice because it had led to the drop of the standards of the sport.

“I want to warn those that feel that this is the way football is supposed to be played. Look, the standards in Zambia have gone down but like I am saying, you will never know how deep rooted this thing has become. People could be juggling with the results. We have heard other people within Zambia who discourage players from performing well… going forward we are going to sniff in each and every game that we play,” said Kashala.

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