FOOTBALL administrator, Andrew Kamanga has advised the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) to devise innovative ways of improving the standards of soccer in the country.
Kamanga was reacting to FAZ general secretary George Kasengele’s submission to the Parliamentary Committee on Youth and Sport, that the levels of football in Zambia were uninspiring.
Kasengele, who appeared before the committee on Monday, attributed the poor football levels in the country to the low levels of investment in the game by the various companies trading in Zambia.
But Kamanga, who is also former Kabwe Warriors chairperson, said in an interview yesterday that there was need for FAZ to work with new models of running football.
“The big challenge is that we can’t continue to live in the past. When the mines were privatised, priorities of the new owners changed and football definitely suffered … So I think FAZ should be realistic to the current situation and come up with ways of improving the game.
We are living in modern society where fans contribute to the welfare of their clubs and most clubs in elite leagues have thrived on the goodwill of fans through the selling of replicas and gate takings among other initiatives,” Kamanga said.
Meanwhile, Kamanga hailed FAZ plans to introduce the second league cup saying there was need to have a long term plan aimed at increasing competition among clubs.
“I think introducing a second league cup tournament will be a step in the right direction and I have to commend them for that because that’s what we need to see,” he said.
Zambia Football Coaches Association (ZAFCA) vice president Lewis Shambulo said if introduced, the second league cup could boost the competitiveness of football.
Shambulo, however, urged FAZ to ensure that the lower divisions clubs were given a chance to compete in the tournament as was the case with the English FA and Capital One Cups.