By MOSES CHIMFWEMBE –
MEDICAL Stars are embroiled in a leadership dispute which has seen Alex Mambwe and Green Sikapizye both claiming to be chairpersons for the FAZ Division Two North side.
The development unfolded yesterday after Sikapizye issued a statement disowning Mambwe over his remarks against FAZ concerning the appointment of Chintu Kampamba as Chipolopolo assistant coach.
On Friday, Mambwe said the appointment of Kampamba was an act of disrespect to qualified and experienced coaches in the country, a statement he made in his capacity as chairperson of Medical Stars.
But Sikapizye distanced Medical Stars from the statement made by Mambwe, saying the latter relinquished his position prior to contesting the position of FAZ committee member during the 2012 elective annual general meeting, where he lost.
Sikapizye, who was then deputy to Mambwe, said he assumed the top position since then and that his tenure of office comes to an end in 2015.
He said the club had already written to FAZ appealing for disciplinary action to be taken against Mambwe for alleged misconduct and that it was waiting for a response from Football House.
Sikapizye said it was unfortunate that Mambwe was masquerading as chairperson when he was not. He, therefore, advised Mambwe to stop using the club’s name to settle his personal scores as he was no longer part of the executive committee.
Sikapizye said the club has been rocked with divisions because some members were still loyal to Mambwe thereby impeding progress at the club.
He urged FAZ to quickly respond to the appeal in order to allow for smooth of affairs of the club.
Mambwe, however, in a separate interview, maintained that he was still chairperson having bounced back to his position following a unanimous decision passed by the committee members following Sikapizye’s alleged failure to run the club.
He said that his comeback was backed by emergency elections which Sikapizye shunned.
Mambwe said it was a known fact that Sikapizye had failed to run the club, a development that prompted members of the executive to call for early elections which he shunned.
“I was unanimously ushered back into office by members of the new executive and I think Sikapizye is being used by people who want to discredit me. Otherwise, he failed to run the club and that is why I was brought back,” he said.
Club secretary, Matthews Chisenga also supported Mambwe’s sentiments, saying an emergency meeting was held where he was re-elected as Medical Stars chairperson.
Chisenga said if Sikapizye had any doubts, minutes confirming Mambwe as chairperson were there for him to see.
On the Kampamba issue, Sikapizye also said it was too early to criticise the appointment of the former Zambia defender to the Chipolopolo technical bench.
He said it was unfair for people to criticise Kampamba’s appointment even when he had not yet applied his technical expertise at the national team.
“We need to exercise some patience on the debate surrounding Kampamba’s appointment, it’s too early for that, let’s wait for him to perform and then judge him based on his performance,” he said.