Football house bungles again
Sibeleki on Monday Column:
LATELY, the local football controlling body, FAZ have been making shoddy decisions that seems preposterous to the fans, members of the fourth estate and other stakeholders. When it seemed contrary to reason and utterly absurd that Lusaka Dynamos would get a Baclays Cup slot ahead of Green Eagles, to Football house there was nothing erroneous about it.
The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) arrogantly dismissed the reasoning of the entire football fraternity – born out of the commonplace criteria – and people who were advocating for justice to be served were portrayed as dumb. Not until Green Eagles appealed against the decision and subsequently won, it was probably when they ended up with an egg on their faces.
Fast forward to Saturday, another perplexing decision by the FAZ executive committee was announced and it has further plunged football house into revile. A tie-up announcement of Mr Adrian Kashala as FAZ General Secretary and the appointment of FIFA referee Janny Sikazwe as FAZ Technical Director.
The latter’s appointment as the FAZ Technical director has been greeted with jeers, unlike the cheers months ago when he became the first Zambian referee to officiate at the football mondial, in Russia. Yes, I remember writing on this blog that Sikazwe has now joined the pantheon of Zambia football – where most revered names like Kalusha Bwalya, Godfrey ‘Ucar’ Chitalu and the late Commentator Dennis Liwewe belongs.
However, much like the school of thought dissenting this decision, I think Sikazwe, as a referee has vacuum or dearth expertise tantamount to the position he has been elevated to. To public knowledge Sikazwe has only the nugget of wisdom to offer as a referee and a teacher by professional. Whether he has the nugget of wisdom to conceive as TD seems folly to me. Unless there is something that football house is not telling us.
If at all besides refereeing and professional teaching Janny Sikazwe has other qualifications for this role, it should be made public. Otherwise, it has been administrative bungle after another bungle. FAZ need to put they act together. These events are disservice vis-à-vis the PR of the federation.
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