28 February 2013

Zambia: Keep Your Stadium in Good Shape, Clubs Told

AS the 2013 MTN-Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) league kicks off in earnest in two weeks time, the association has warned clubs to ensure that their stadia are in good and sound state or risk closure.

And FAZ has reiterated that it will not allow any technical member to sit on the bench without a CAF C licence this season.Communications manager Erick Mwanza said during a Press briefing in Lusaka yesterday that the FAZ stadium inspection ahead of the 2013 soccer season was on course and only a few of them so far had met the minimum requirements.

He said FAZ had given ample time to clubs to work on their stadia and ensure they met minimum requirements before the official league fixtures kick-off. The league commenced last weekend with the Charity Shield semi-finals at Nkoloma Stadium which saw Zanaco and Power Dynamos storm the finals of the season opener to be held at the same stadium on March 9.

Mwanza said only two stadia, Nkoloma and Arthur Davies, had so far been certified fit by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

"The stadium inspection exercise is underway and preliminary reports indicate that most of them are lacking minimum requirements," he said.

Mwanza said the stadium minimum requirements were part of the club licensing the association had effected this year, adding that the requirements included good playing surfaces, securing perimeter fences, public toilets and standard changing rooms among other basic requirements.

On the C licence requirement, Mwanza said it was a requirement that said all members of the technical bench should have that minimum qualification and warned clubs against employing unqualified people.

Meanwhile, FAZ has warned players against airing their grievances through the Press without following procedure.

Recently, Francis Kombe, who currently trains with Premier Division side, Napsa Stars but has not yet been cleared to play in the local league, was one of the eight players implicated in the Finland match fixing scandal and has issued statements to the media.

Mwanza said Kombe's International Transfer Certificate (ITC) was still with the Finish Football Association and that procedure should be followed before the player could registered.

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