A LUAPULA based soccer administrator has expressed concern that the continued standoff among soccer stakeholders in the country is now taking its toll on the performance of the national football team.
FAZ Luapula executive committee losing candidate for the chairpersonship, Martin Chuma, notes that the division has affected so many people including players.
Chuma has, however, appealed to the world soccer governing body FIFA to expedite the process of announcing their resolutions of the meeting that was convened a fortnight ago between FAZ and stakeholders.
“Our football is divided into two, and this has also now trickled down to the national team. And if you look at these results, they have affected so many people. And so my appeal to FIFA is that they should quickly give us a feedback as to what was resolved from that meeting between the aggrieved parties and FAZ so that we can move on,” he said. “That feedback is required the soonest so that we plan forward for our soccer, because once we don’t get feedback then we shall be stuck at the same time.”
Chuma said the FAZ infighting had affected the game to the extent that the national team was now losing to ‘small’ teams like Botswana and struggling during qualifiers against seemingly weaker teams.