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Mukoka speaks out against FAZ ban

ANY attempt to clamp down on the scrutinising of football management in Zambia is a useless and time-wasting exercise by FAZ president Andrew Kamanga and his ethics committee, says sports analyst Augustine Mukoka.

In a statement following a 90-day provisional ban imposed on him by the FAZ Ethics Committee for allegedly circulating FAZ documents, Mukoka said he was yet to receive any formal charge or the committee’s ruling that “arrived at this joke of a decision”.

“The chairman of the FAZ Ethics Committee Mr Kephas Katongo claims in a press statement that the document which tabulates huge pay-outs to the association president Mr Andrew Kamanga and others as sitting allowances for hosting the Africa Cup Under-20 tournament in 2017 were allegedly illegally obtained,” he stated.

“For the avoidance of any doubt, article 22 (2) of the FIFA Code of Conduct states, “persons bound by this Code are forbidden from making any public statements of a defamatory nature towards FIFA and/or towards any other person bound by this Code in the context of FIFA events.

“While I’m not bound by the FIFA Code of Conduct, there is nothing defamatory in publishing or discussing the outrageous allowances Mr Kamanga paid himself at the expense of Zambian coaches and players who won the Africa Cup Under-20 tournament.”

Mukoka stated that total amount paid to Kamanga and others in sitting allowances for the under-20 and under-17 tournaments in 2017 was estimated at K1.4 million.

“The FAZ president pocketed K230,000 for meetings held in a period of less than 60 days.
This careless and imprudent management of resources by individuals managing an entity with a huge financial deficit and struggling to meet its obligation is a matter of public interest and cannot be justified through abuse of the FIFA Code of Conduct,” he stated.

“If there is anyone who should be sanctioned by the Ethics Committee, it is Mr Kamanga and Mr Katongo for perpetually contravening provisions of the FAZ constitution and the Legal Practitioners Act of the Laws of Zambia respectively.”

Mukoka said going by Kamanga and Katongo’s misconduct, he was left with no option but to explore all other avenues available to correct this failed leadership “that has left us prioritising illegal and unnecessary bans instead of qualifying to the Africa Cup.”

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