## FIFA keeps tabs on electoral process

It is a bright Monday for every local football follower after the success of our teams in continental assignments. Napsa Stars did it the hard way with virtually the last kick of the game to qualify to the group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup. It was not any less daunting for Nkana….

 

The continued participation of our clubs in continental engagements provides a huge platform for players to be known but most importantly for our brand of Zambian football to be visible on the continent. It also is critical to retaining our four slots that we currently enjoy in CAF competitions.

We salute the two participants and wish them all the best as they compete in the group stage.

 

Off the pitch, we have had newly elected office bearers in Muchinga, Central and Lusaka provinces. It takes the electoral process to within one province of completion before the grand one on Saturday in tourist capital Livingstone. I would like to congratulate the winners who join six other provinces that undertook the process earlier. The current composition of the executive committee guarantees all the 10 provinces representation on the national
executive committee. The expectation is that all provinces will have a stake in developmental matters and selection of national team players across all streams.

With the decentralization exercise fully operational, we expect that the new provincial leadership will be more responsive to the needs of their various constituents. Ours is to drive development from the grassroots and ensure that we plant a seed for long term development. To the winners this is not time to relax but get down to work. For those that have not pulled through, we need to join hands as football offers many more opportunities.

May I implore members of the football family to remain resolute and see out the rest of the process. Ultimately football should be the winner. We are happy that world soccer governing body FIFA has kept a close eye on the electoral process in Zambia and will be also present at the Livingstone congress. We are also happy with the support from the government through the ministry of sports and also the National Sports Council of Zambia. We continue to update them at every stage of these processes.

Finally, I am mindful of the progress being made by our under-17 boys that are preparing for the Africa Cup of Nations that kicks off next month in Morocco. They have just completed the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) process under the watch of a CAF certified medic and will be going in the final phase of preparations. We are committed to help them prepare for the continental assignment as we have done for other teams. Such strides at junior level give us a reason to be optimistic about the future.

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