THE stage is set for the Sports Council of Zambia (SCZ) quadrennial elections today at the Government Complex in Lusaka where 10 administrators are eyeing the seven elective seats on the board.
With Elliot Mhende and Mwape Nshimbi not re-contesting their positions, former SCZ board member, Matilda Mwaba has thrown her hat back into the ring as she seeks a return into the national sport authority's management board.
Former Zambia Golf Union (ZGU) president, Emmanuel Katebe, who served in a SCZ sub-committee, has now opted to step up and challenge for one of the seven seats on the board.
Also trying their luck are Zambia School Sports Association's Chipangano Tembo, Deirdre Allison of Zambia Horse Society and Zambia Rugby Union's Joseph Silwamba.
However, the five administrators will have to fight with the incumbents, Smart Mwitwa, Ian Mbewe, Colonel Annie Mwape, Eddah Mpezeni and Chabi Chondoka for the elective positions on the board.
Outgoing SCZ chairperson, Chifumu Banda and vice chairperson Mwamba Kalenga, who was elected on the board four years ago, was last year appointed SCZ vice-chairperson, replacing Noriana Muneku and Haroon Ghumra replaced Andrew Shawa who fell out for different reasons.
Other appointed board members are Director of Sport Bernard Nakachinda as an ex-officio on the board. Sports Minister, Chishimba Kambwili is mandated by law to appoint five members who include the SCZ chairperson and the vice chairperson to seat on the board.
In the last SCZ board, Muneku and Andrew Shawa were dropped. Apart from elections, the SCZ council will also review the performance of the outgoing board on several programmes.
Kambwili is expected to give a key note address to the SCZ council during the gathering at the Government Complex.