By NDINAWE SIMPELWE –
AGGRIEVED FAZ Division-One side Real Nakonde has threatened to report the FAZ to FIFA over the poor handling of the Zambia league and also that the league, which is set t kick off in a week’s time does not.
The riled Real Nakonde said yesterday that the MTN-FAZ Super League does not meet Club Licensing requirements and should thereby not be allowed to start.
The threat comes in the wake of FAZ Appeals Committee upholding a ruling that Prisons Leopards be promoted to the Super Division at the expense of Nakonde despite proven player registration irregularity by Prison.
The Appeals Committee threw out an appeal by Real Nakonde which challenged the eligibility of a player Gift Mwaba of Malole Police whom they had played against in Week seven.
Nakonde were hoping to win the case so that they could be awarded maximum which could have seen them be promoted at the expense of Prisons.
But despite both the appeals and the Player Status and Transfers Committees proving that Mwaba was dubiously registered, they ruled that the player was eligible to play without explaining the circumstances that allowed him.
The ruling by both committees has angered Nakonde who have raised questions and threatened to report the matter to CAF and FIFA if they would not be allowed to play Super Division football this season.
Nakonde Secretary Roy Nyambe in a letter to dispute the Appeals Committee ruling stated that after the two committees ruled that the player was dubiously registered it rendered him ineligible to play for Malalo.
Nyambe further said since the player featured illegally, the club he featured for was supposed to be sanctioned and Nakonde be awarded maximum points in a match that ended scoreless.
He wondered why the two committees neglected and deliberately ignored the rules that had disadvantaged the club.
“By copy of this letter, we hereby appeal to the FAZ Executive Committee to review this matter and acting on behalf of the council render the expected just and fair decision that will safeguard and protect the integrity of our football and competitions,” Nyambe stated.
Nyambe further notified FAZ that Nakonde was proceeding to notify CAF and FIFA about the case so that Super Division league was suspended until that matter was resolved.
He said that the club would also send documentation CAF and FIFA to show that the Zambian Super Division league had not been subjected to required and mandatory club licensing procedures.
“As we stand today, the league is not licensed and that is a violation of both FIFA and CAF who require that at the barest minimum, every national top league and second tier leagues be licensed fully,” Nyambe said.