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.
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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