[By Bright Tembo]
THE Football Association of Zambia says calls for the resignation of FAZ president Andrew Kamanga are not the solution.
FAZ general secretary Adrian Kashala said fans’ behaviour at the stadium on Tuesday night after a 2-1 defeat to Zimbabwe in a Group H Africa Cup qualifier was expected especially that people had already schemed to do so before even the game.
“The behaviour of the fans was expected but you can’t call for the resignation of FAZ president. Is he the one that kicks the ball? We had 11 players on the pitch with everything provided for them. Government did its best, FAZ did its best but the players had 90 minutes to do their part,” he said. “I don’t know where administratively we failed. People called for Paston Daka and Enock Mwepu; we did that and I am glad that the two players proved a point in that match.”
Asked if the loss to Zimbabwe, which follows the 5-0 mauling by the Desert Foxes of Algeria last week, would force FAZ to speed up the process of recruiting a new coach, Kashala said the association will follow the right procedure.
“Well, we already put up an advert so we are going to follow the way and find a coach that is going to put stability in the team. Of late we have had a stand-in coach that has probably done us bad in bringing stability in the team. In any case the process will go on as normal,” said Kashala.
On Tuesday, Zimbabwe scored first through Khama Billiat in the 10th minute, with Patson Daka equalising 10 minutes later.
Billiat’s second goal in the 79th minute assured Zimbabwe’s second position on the table with four points.
It was at this point that fans starting chanting songs directed at Kamanga who sat in the VIP section. Sports minister Emmanuel Mulenga immediately walked out of the stadium in displeasure.
After the final whistle, fans through missiles on the pitch to show their anger to both the team and FAZ executive which delayed the team from leaving the the pitch.
The Chipolopolo were later led out via a dummy tunnel.
Zambia is currently at the bottom of Group H after the two losses, while Algeria sits at the top with six points.