THE newly constituted FAZ council today gathers at the Mulungushi International Conference Centre in Lusaka under the revised constitution to discuss the future of Zambian football.
FAZ general secretary Adrian Kashala is confident the meeting will go without hurdles.
“I can confidently say we have done our homework well and all logistics are in place. We expect a very brief and interactive meeting which will help us to take football forward,” said Kashala.
This is the first time FAZ is converging under the new constitution, which resulted in massive reduction of the delegates and as such, today’s meeting is expected to be short.
Previously, about 350 delegates used to attend the meeting but now only 89 will represent the entire football family in the country.
According to the new constitution, all the 20 Super Division teams will send representatives while 64 Division One clubs will be represented by 20 delegates.
The top five placed teams in each Division One zone will send delegates to the meeting while teams from Division Three going downwards will be represented by provincial envoys.
The association conducted elections in all the 10 provinces of the country and four delegates were picked from each region.
Others delegates will be representatives of referees and coaches, Zambia Secondary Schools Sports Association and the Players Union.
In his circular to the clubs, Kashala reminded delegates to observe the etiquette of the meeting.
“Member associations, member clubs, member leagues are reminded to ensure that their delegates observe time and proper dress code. Delegates arriving at 10:00 hours or late will be fined and those not properly dressed will not be accredited,” Kashala’s circular read in part.
FAZ president Andrew Kamanga will give the delegates a roadmap of where Zambian football is headed especially after failing to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations on two consecutive years.
For the first time, the meeting will be without a treasurer and instead the vice-president Rix Mweemba is likely to present the financial report while the FAZ Audit and Compliancy Committee will also give a report.
Top on the agenda will be an ambitious US$10 million Chipolopolo Bond that FAZ plans to issue and delegates will be keen to hear the progress that has been made regarding the same.
Delegates will also go through the 2019 budget and approve it.