By FELIX MALUNGA –
FOOTBALL Association of Zambia (FAZ) president Andrew Kamanga has proposed a truce with long-time friend but now adversary Simataa Simataa.
Kamanga said he sent three emissaries to Simataa to help mend the fence but the envoys were dismissed.
Speaking on ZNBC’s Sunday Interview, Kamanga claimed there was no fallout between Simataa and himself, hence the reason he extended an olive branch to him but regretted that Simataa dismissed his emissaries.
“I haven’t spoken to Simataa for a while. I sent three people to him and he totally dismissed them,” Kamanga said.
Simataa also confirmed on a social media handle posting that Kamanga indeed sent envoys.
“Yes he sent word through Kephas Katongo, Samuel Sakala, Fabian Ngoliya and Richard Nawa all in the week leading to this interview so that he can claim victory on TV. Either way I am not a fool. He knows my home, work place and my number,” he wrote.
Simataa also ruled out the possibility of a truce with Kamanga, claiming the FAZ president attacked his person on television.
But Kamanga said Simataa had gone to ‘town painting me black’ and that performance in office was one out of 10.
He also said the statement of Simataa owing him money was taken out of context.
The FAZ chief stated that Football House had provided leadership in the City of Lusaka impasse and that the association had engaged City chairperson Chifumu Banda to find common ground to help resolve the problems at the club.
“We haven’t failed to resolve the City of Lusaka issue,” he said.
Meanwhile, FAZ communications manager Desmond Katongo said this monthend’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held under the amended constitution, putting a cap on suggestions the old constitution might be used.
Katongo said in a statement issued yesterday that unlike previous AGMs which had more than 400 delegates, this AGM will only have 138 delegates and just 89 votes.
Some sections of the football family have suggested the AGM set for March 31 might be held under the old constitution to tackle matters sent back to the Council by the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).
“The2018 FAZ Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held under the revised constitution. The FAZ Council will comprise 138 delegates as stipulated under Article 22 of the new FAZ constitution. The Council is composed of 138 delegates and 89 votes.” Katongo said.
The AGM will be held at Government Complex in Lusaka.