THE Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has warned of stern action against those found selling fake replica jerseys.
FAZ spokesperson Erick Mwanza said the association was working in partnership with the Zambia Police Service, Central Property Unit and Lusaka City Council and would soon swing into action and confiscate all fake replicas on the streets before burning the counterfeit products.
Speaking at Football House when he unveiled the new replica for Chipolopolo that would be used during the weekend international friendly match against Norway and also at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations finals, Mwanza said the association would not allow people to make money using the name of FAZ.
He said he had held talks with various selling agents, whom he said would be given the replicas to sell to the public, adding that every replica bought had a letter in it from the FAZ president Kalusha Bwalya which people should demand for whenever they bought.
Mwanza said the jerseys would be made available at convenient places to enable fans buy genuine replicas as they support Chipolopolo on Saturday and also during the AFCON tournament as the replicas would be affordable.
"By buying this original FAZ jersey, you are helping the association develop football in the country and also help us pay various incentives to enable our Chipolopolo retain the AFCON title.
Every Zambian will be able to buy this jersey as the FAZ president has said in his message, he wants fans to support the association leverage on income in line with the cry of commercialising football in the country," he said.
He said FAZ would have no mercy when confiscating fake replicas as this would be done to ensure that Zambians were given genuine products unlike where people were subjected to replicas without a FAZ symbol.
And Chipolopolo Soccer Fans Association (CSFA) chairperson Yotam Mwanza said there was need to support FAZ by buying the replicas and also turning up in numbers to give the national team the needed support.
Mwanza said fans were confident that Zambia would defend the title and were not bothered by the results recorded in the practice matches played so far.