4 December 2012

Zambia: FAZ/FIFA Get Down to New Development Strategy

THE World soccer governing body, FIFA, and the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has commenced drafting a new strategic and development plan for Zambia following a successful review of the performance of the national soccer governing body.

The new road map for Zambian football will spell out the short, medium and long term plans of the association.

The new plan, according to the draft blue-print, will be for the period 2013 to 2017.

FAZ president Kalusha Bwalya said strategic planning was a very important programme and undertaking and thanked all the officials and technical staff who took time over the weekend and the start of the week to be part of this process.

"Without this type of strategic forward thinking and planning which should be followed up by effective implementation of the laid down projects and programmes, it would be difficult to attain or indeed sustain the high levels of competition and success," Kalusha said.

At the weekend, the FIFA delegation commenced its performance review of the Football Association of Zambia.

The performance review sessions were attended by FAZ Premier League officials, coaches, technical and administration experts as well as the FAZ executive committee.

It reviewed among other development programmes, the last FAZ Needs Assessment and Long Term Plan which was formulated in 2004 but whose implementation was delayed.

The FIFA delegation comprises Sergi Giancarlo from FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, Thoondoo Govinden from Mauritius and the Southern Africa FIFA development officer Ashford Mamelodi from Botswana.

Formulation of the new strategic plan and development agenda is expected to be completed by Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the FAZ annual general meeting is on this Saturday at the Mulungushi University starting 10:00 hours.

FAZ spokesperson Erick Mwanza appealed to delegates to be dressed in a suit or a jacket and a tie for them to be allowed to attend and participate in business of the assembly saying "this is in line with FIFA and CAF and now FAZ code for all such football business gatherings."

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