Monday, June 24, 2024

Jeff Katala is right! Cosafa should hold on replacing Kalusha

COLUMN: They are known as the wise men of Africa football on Soccer Africa. And, Jeff Katala, a football pundit from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) compounds the team of panelists on the weekly magazine show on Pay TV Channel Supersport.

Following the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations’ resolution last week on Friday – to endorse its president Philip Chiyangwa to replace Kalusha Bwalya on the Confederation of African Football Executive Committee; Jeff Katala conceived some nugget of wisdom on this week edition – that they should have waited a tad bit longer until the erstwhile FAZ president made his appeal and after the verdict.

The Zambian football icon, King Kalu was last month handed a two-year ban from all the game’s related activities by FIFA and fined $100 000 for receiving “gifts” from disgraced Qatari official Mohammad Bin Hammam. He subsequently issued a statement via his Facebook page that he would appeal the ban.

It is so perplexing that our regional football controlling body is scurry on filling Kalu’s CAF post even when its well documented that he declared he would fight tooth and nail. What if the 1988 African footballer of the year was to be exonerated after appealing?

The disparity with the FIFA Council post, that wil be contested by candidates from English-speaking countries on the continent is that it was declared vacant after the resignation of Ghana Football Association president Kwesi Nyantakyi who appeared receiving kickbacks in a video expose by controversial Ghanaian Journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas.


African icon Kalusha Bwalya has been banned for 2 years by FIFA

He was subsequent replaced as CAF Vice President by Nigeria football federation boss Amaju Melvin Pinnick. Unlike the case with Kalu, he hasn’t thrown the towel yet.

Spot on Mr Jeff Katala. Cosafa should hold on replacing Kalusha Bwalya’s CAF Executive post.

[James Sibeleki is a football scribe of longstanding, avid about the beautiful game in Africa. He is based in Zambia – in the beautiful City of Livingstone. You can follow him on Twitter at @SibelekiJames.]

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  1. This clearly shows you how cutthroat football positions have become in Africa.
    They have now become poverty alleviation gadgets to be pull individuals out of their survival quagmires.
    It is now I realise my father was somewhat ‘right’ when in the late 1960s and 1970s he told me to concentrate on school as there was nothing futuristic to be achieved in football, then.

  2. That zim guy who looks like those dungling toy dogs displayed on the dash board of haice minbuses,is full of shit l can tell you he will mess up more than kalu .what is the rush,the guy has appealed.PC you are sooo useless, Jeff you are sooo real keep it up cheff wangu,you are not a puppet you speak your mind.

  3. Jeff, am so happy this continent and football fraternity has people like You who understand the meaning of appeal and what it entails. You can imagine if KALU’s suspension was overturned, what happens? The best is for COSAFA and CAF to hold on replacement until the issue is dealt with completely.Let us avoid court issues please

  4. When one person appealed that mean the possibility of winning the case is there,and if he wins it then what next for cosafa and car? Did they even think in that area

  5. Welcome to Zambia, where corruption and corrupt individuals are given leeway! Yes despite the damage KALU did to our FAZ, still he should be given a chance to waste every body’s time.??!! Shit he is a thief! Period! This country,even thieving lawyers are eligible to occupy the highest office in the land.No wonder

  6. Kalu is not a thief. He is a gentleman, above all a highly decorated and gifted international sportsman. What FIFA has done is selective justice because several other people were given money. Wait n see.

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