SPORTS Minister Vincent Mwale has cautioned the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) not to take sponsorship for granted.
Mwale said the move by MTN Zambia to renew its sponsorship package of the FAZ Super League for a further three years to a tune of K19 million, was a commendable gesture.
The Minister said it is therefore prudent for FAZ to be accountable to the sponsors for the support football is attracting in the country.
“I want to caution FAZ not to take this sponsorship for granted but to utilise it for fruition of its intended purpose. It is not easy to get such sponsorship and I therefore challenged FAZ to prove themselves before the sponsors by producing results and being transparent in the way football is being is run,” he said.
The Minister said this when he officiated at the MTN-FAZ Awards Gala night at Moba Hotel in Kitwe on Friday.
Mwale said he was impressed that MTN Zambia was one corporate institution that has continued to provide consistent sponsorship to the development of football in Zambia.
He said it was through such kind of sponsorship that has helped to improve the standards of football.
Mwale said it was why he was calling on FAZ to be accountable to its sponsors, affiliates and other stakeholders in the country by ensuring there was transparency in the manner football was being administered.
“I urge you (FAZ) to remain accountable to your sponsors, all your affiliates and stakeholders because this is without doubt cardinal in instilling confidence of the sponsors and the general public,” he said.
He showered praise on the various athletes and administrations for the role played in uplifting the standards of sports in the country.
“May I take this opportunity to remind all individual athletes and administrators that they have a big role to play in uplifting the standards of the sport. You should apply self discipline in the way you deal with their life styles,” Mwale said.
Meanwhile, MTN Zambia chief marketing officer Clement Asante expressed happiness that a number of locally based players made it into the Chipolopolo squad at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations held in the Equatorial Guinea.
Asante said the move was a clear vote of confidence in the quality of the MTN-FAZ Super league and its competitiveness.
“The show of confidence in the local players at the 2015 AFCON is a clear demonstration that the league has developed and is ready to produce players that can compete at any level in the world and MTN will continue to support football in Zambia,” Asante said.
Times of Zambia