FAZ considers giving Barclays Cup champions continental slot
FAZ considers giving Barclays Cup champions continental slot as Zambia is given two extra CAF club places
FAZ held a fruitful meeting chaired by president Andrew Kamanga and participating clubs in the Barclays Cup.
According to sources who attended the meeting, FAZ showed unprecedented accountability and transparency in the manner the finances of the Barclays Cup were broken down.
“It was the first time that the finances of the Barclays Cup were clearly explained by FAZ in the history of the competition. We are very happy with the consultative meeting. Our concerns were taken into consideration and we are satisfied,” a source who spoke on condition of anonymity said.
Power Dynamos pulled out of the Barclays Cup saying the tournament was not “commercially viable,” prompting FAZ to call a consultative meeting in Lusaka yesterday.
The K2.3 million rich Barclays Cup competition has winners pocketing K350, 000 over three matches.
In comparison, Super Division champions pocket K250, 000 over 38 matches.
And FAZ seeks to make the cup competition even more attractive as General Secretary Ponga Liwewe revealed that CAF has given Zambia two (02) extra places in CAF club competitions.
Football House is considering giving one of the four (04) available slots to the Barclays Cup champions.
With Power pulling out, Zanaco have qualified to the semi-finals through a walkover.
Kamanga, in a briefing to the press after the meeting as reported by ZNBC, said while Power’s grievances were genuine, the manner the club raised them was out of order.
Consequently, Power face disciplinary action for pulling out of the Barclays Cup.
Lusaka Dynamos representative to the consultative meeting Chisanga Pule posted in a WhatsApp group:
“Actually FAZ was very forthright with us in the stakeholders meeting and opened up all the books for our scrutiny.
“After elaborate discussion resolutions were made, which have been forwarded to the sponsor for onward consideration.
“As a representative for Lusaka Dynamos I was satisfied with the discourse and engagement.
The most gratifying aspect was that we were on the same side as the FA,” Pule posted.
According to the ZNBC report Barclays Head Marketing and Corporate Relations Mato Shimabale said the concerns raised by the clubs have been taken into account by the sponsors.
Shimabale assured that Barclays shall continue to collaborate with FAZ for the improvement of football in Zambia.
According to the sources out of the total prize money, FAZ only receives K300, 000 while organising the nine matches costs K213, 195.
“You can see that FAZ does not receive a lot of money from the package as alleged in some quarters. If you do your maths, FAZ only gets 13% of the total sponsorship package,” the sources said.
The stakeholders meeting was shown that K605, 000 is reserved for prize money.
Apart from winners, the runners up bag K180, 000 while man of the match gets K5, 000 in each match.
The player and coach of the tournament gets K15, 000 each. The participating clubs are also entitled to K2, 000 each as a contribution towards their transportation costs.
While the balance amounting to K1, 181, 805 is kept by Barclays for branding.
“We commend FAZ for involving the clubs in this consultative process. We have been informed that even in the process of renewing the MTN sponsorship we shall be consulted. This is excellent,” the sources added.
FAZ president Kamanga reportedly emphasised that clubs were free to engage Football House at any time.
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