FOOTBALL Association of Zambia (FAZ) president Andrew Kamanga says he understands that transition can be a difficult process but expects the Chipolopolo players to deliver a good result against Congo Brazzaville tomorrow.
Speaking during a media briefing held at Football House, Kamanga said a new era of football administration had begun and thanked Republican President Edgar Lungu for his goodwill message and support.
“For the players, I want to believe they are professionals and that’s why they were called, they should play their part on the pitch and the nation is expectant from them. The election results should be put behind,” Kamanga said.
He said Government had been supportive of the national team and that the players should pay back by delivering a good result when they play Congo Brazzaville tomorrow and on Sunday in the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Group E twin qualifiers.
Kamanga also said vacancies arising from Football House staff resignations have been temporarily sorted out.
“We have received notices of resignations from staff but all those positions have been temporarily filled. We have put the victory behind us and are now focusing on the AFCON qualifier against Congo.
“We are concentrating only on the game and we will roll out our plan next week,” Kamanga said.
FAZ general secretary George Kasengele, communications manager Nkweto Tembwe and Chipolopolo team manager Lusekelo Kamwambi quit their posts following Kamanga’s election.
“I want to thank the previous executive for the work well done. Even in our campaign we emphasised that they did their part. A new era of football has begun, we will have a lot of challenges and we ask for everyone’s support.
“A lot needs to be done and we hope we slowly find our feet. We stood on a platform with our blueprint and we will start implementing aspects of the manifesto,” he said.
Meanwhile, FAZ vice-president Richard Kazala has said Zambia needs to carry on from the credibility that was built by the previous administration.
Kazala said the change in management at Football House had happened at a crucial time when the national team is involved in AFCON qualifiers and it would be crucial how the new executive handles the two games.
He promised that as an administrator, he would not interfere in technical matters but allow the experts to do the work.
Committee member Blackwell Siwale said there would be no problems in the executive despite it being composed of members who were supporting different individuals.
Siwale had backed Kalusha for the presidency but was quick to say the new president Andrew Kamanga also had ideas that resonated well with the councillors, hence his victory.