28 February 2013

Zambia: Zasofa Unhappy With Makembo

The Zambian Soccer Fans Association (ZASOFA) board says it is disappointed and shocked with the sudden decision taken by its former patron, Peter Makembo to ditch the association to form another body.

ZASOFA board member, Gilbert Phiri said in a statement made available to the Times that Makembo's resignation came as a rude shock to the entire board.

"The board of the Zambian Soccer Fans Association (ZASOFA) came to rudely learn through the media yesterday of the resignation of its board member, Pastor Peter Makembo through the print and electronic media.

None of the Board members had been notified of the decision by Pastor Makembo to quit neither was a letter of resignation tendered by the good pastor. The association regrets the strange manner of the resignation.

Phiri however wished Makembo best wishes in his newly found venture.

He reaffired ZASOFA's mission, which was recently rebranded from Zambia Voluntary Soccer Fans Association (ZAVOSOFA), to continue with the support of the Zambia national soccer team both for its home and away matches, particularly at this crucial time when a maiden appearance at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil remains a distinct possibility.

He said association's programmes would remain on course as it has put in place serious levels of accountability within its ranks and has embarked on a serious membership recruitment drive to broaden its base and nationwide appeal " New membership cards have also been produced and it has entered into a partnership with Mafro, which is a pan-African sports apparel company to produce quality t-shirts for the football fans."

Efforts to get a comment from Makembo failed.

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