FAZ Boss Kamanga Talks Stadia Rehabs, Players Of Zambian Descent

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FAZ boss Andrew Kamanga

FOOTBALL Association of Zambia (FAZ) President Andrew Kamanga believes stadia Revolution Will be a Game Changer for the Zambian game.

In his weekly address to the nation, Kamanga writes;

Welcome to this week’s traditional Monday interaction. The football campus today is anchored in the beautiful city of Chipata where FAZ and the ministry of sports are launching the fourth stadia rehabilitation and upgrade exercise. So far Minister of Youth, Sport and Arts Honourable Elvis Nkandu and FAZ Vice president Justin Mumba have so far handed over stadia to the contractor for commencement of works in three provinces. The exercise started in Solwezi then moved to Mansa (Kaole) and then Kasama before reaching Chipata. Today the focus is on David Kaunda Stadium which will be rehabilitated through the FIFA Forward support project. FIFA has availed USD300, 000 for each of the five stadia that will be rehabilitated with different scopes of work for each of the facilities.

Overall, all the stadia will have their playing surfaces dug up with a new FIFA certified surface constructed. A FIFA certified expert has been assigned this responsibility. There will also be a running track for each of the five stadia with other works covering a running track, terraces refurbishment, ablution blocks, change room, perimeter fence and ticketing office. These works will be done over a period of six months. The contractors have been given strict orders to ensure that they stick to the deadline but above everything do a good job. We have also urged the contractors to engage locals in menial jobs to ensure that there is ownership of the project by the locals.

There is still some lingering historical problem for Maramba Stadium in Livingstone that has stalled the project. Government has yet to resolve issues with a previous contractor who had been assigned to do an earlier uplift of the stadium that ended prematurely. Our prayer is that the issues are resolved quickly to ensure that all the five stadia penciled for phase one of rehabilitation take off at the same time. The stadia upgrade revolution will be a game changer for our football. We also have our eyes on the remaining five provinces in the next phase that will give each province a decent stadium to utilize for their games.

The funds earmarked for the stadia rehabilitation is part of the USD4 million that we are entitled over a four-year cycle which are subject to stringent conditions. We have dedicated USD1.2 million to stadia rehabilitation and applied the other to the accommodation centre. Most importantly, we need to raise funds away from FIFA for the rest of the five stadia in the remaining provinces.

Finally, we were happy to have unveiled coach Aljosa Asanovic who has been given a four-year mandate. He has been assigned the stewardship of the Chipolopolo at a time when there is a loud cry for the Zambia National Team to return to the summit of the African game. He will be expected to comb the country and also the globe for any talents that he believes will add value to the Chipolopolo. He will be given leverage to scout for players outside our country that have Zambian heritage. We are also happy that some of the players that we have hit the right notes and will be core members of the squad. He will be assisted by some local coaches that he will identify and work with.

With the journey for the Ivory Coast 2023 AFCON commenced with draws for the preliminary rounds conducted we will immediately get to work despite joining the party in the group stage. During the FIFA window in March, we will organize some high-level friendly matches for our team. We are in talks with various national associations and will announce in due course our opponents for the friendly matches.

Have a pleasant week and remember to observe all the Covid-19 guidelines.

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