FAZ land former Arsenal Chief David Dein for league restructuring
The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has landed David Dein for free as consultant to the League Restructuring Working Group.
Dein’s recruitment is a major capture for the Andrew Kamanga-led FAZ.
It is believed the former Arsenal and former English FA vice-chairman has agreed to offer free services to Football House after being impressed with the strides Zambian football has taken since Kamanga assumed office in March 2016.
A source close to the development said of Briton Dein’s FAZ appointment, “He is comfortable to work with a team committed to transparency and accountability. Dein is providing free services to assist FAZ and Zambian football. His services are being offered pro bono (free of charge).”
Research shows Dein is a highly successful soccer administrator who served as Arsenal vice-chairman from 1983 to 2007.
In 1991, Dein held up to 42% shares in Arsenal despite being described as “crazy” when he invested £292, 000 in buying 16% shares in 1983.
Arsenal chairman Peter Hill Wood described Dein’s investment then as “to all intents and purposes it’s dead money.”
Dein was responsible for single-handedly securing the appointment of then unknown Frenchman from Japan Arsene Wenger as manager in September, 1996.
Together the duo transformed the Gunners into a top European club playing fine flowing football with Wenger winning three Premier League titles and six FA Cups.
As vice-chairman of Arsenal, Dein was a keen supporter of women football becoming the president of the Arsenal Ladies Football Club-the most successful female football club in England.
He was also English FA vice-president between 2000 and 2004.
Apart from being president of the influential G14-group of top European football clubs, Dein also served on various UEFA and FIFA committees.
He left Arsenal in 2007.
Dein brings a wealth of experience to the Zambia FA in its quest to separate the league from FAZ.
The family man, who has been married since 1972 with three children from his wife Barbara, was the international president of the England 2018 World Cup bid.
Crucially for his Zambia role, Dein is credited as a major architect of the formation of the English Premier League in 1992.
According to documents obtained, FAZ have appointed veteran football administrator Simataa Simataa as Secretary of the League Restructuring Working Group.
Association Vice-Chairman Rix Mweemba heads the group.
Prominent Copperbelt lawyer and seasoned football administrator Cephas Katongo is vice-chairman.
Renowned football analyst and chartered accountant Reuben Kamanga has been appointed member of the newly approved three-man Audit Committee headed by former Bell Equipment Chief Financial Officer Emmanuel Mbambiko who now runs his own consultancy firm.
And a three-member Ethics and Compliance committee headed by lawyer-cum-businessman Katongo has also been ratified.
The documents revealing the appointment of Dein and the committees dated 13th December, 2017 are signed by FAZ C.E.O Ponga Liwewe.
FAZ president Kamanga last month announced the three committees had been put in place subject to ratification of appointed members.
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