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Patrick ‘722’ Njovu takes aim at football good governance promotion

COPPERBELT FAZ regional elections frontrunner Patrick ‘722’ Njovu says he wants to promote good governance in football if he is elected FAZ regional chief on March 7.

And Njovu has pledged to offer one of his properties as administrative offices for easy accessibility by all stakeholders.

Meanwhile, Njovu says once elected as member of the FAZ council, he would work hard to ensure that the old Copperbelt select side versus the rest returns to the Zambian soccer calendar.

Njovu is known to many as 722 because of his company Seven Two Two Investments, which at one point single handedly sponsored Nkana during the legendary club’s troubled times after Mopani Copper Mines stopped sponsoring the team in the early 2000s.

He continued steering Nkana as both chairman and sponsor, dressing the legendary side in 722 branded attire until 2012 when it survived relegation on the last day of the league season.

The same year, he led his committee into negotiations with the new Mopani management led by then chief executive officer Danny Callow to resume sponsorship of the club.

He was maintained as the club’s vice-president to deputise John Chiwele, culminating into winning the league title in 2013.

In an interview yesterday, Njovu said he has done a lot for football at club level and lower clubs in Kitwe and now wants to galvanise the province in building a strong football bloc.

“Football in Zambia to do well there must be a foundation and by foundation I mean in our young time, there used to be school boy internationals like Kenneth ‘bubble’ Malitoli. So now that FAZ has decentralised operations to monitor football from all provinces which is a proper way to go, I have done too much at Nkana and I would love to make sure that now football should grow on the Copperbelt,” he said.

Njovu said his primary objective is to strengthen youth and women football in all districts on the Copperbelt adding that the reason there were too many foreign players in Super clubs currently was due to a weak youth football activities in schools.

He pledged to meet the provincial education officer for the province to strengthen schools competitions where future stars “would be born.”

“I also want to make sure that we find a sponsor to pay referees so that we don’t have situations in lower leagues where games are abandoned because a particular club didn’t have money to pay referees. If I found sponsors for a big club like Nkana, what about referees?” he wondered.

“I also want to make accountability, transparency and harmony the cornerstone of my leadership and I am very confident that I will win because what I have done for football is there for all to see.”

Njovu faces competition from John Chilando, Alfred Mwape and Sydney Chalawila.
The Copperbelt provincial elections will take place on 7th March 2020.

After elections in all the 10 provinces, elected delegates would then proceed to the FAZ annual general meeting where a president, vice and women representative would be elected.

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