Elections are done, it’s time to work
So, the 2020 FAZ Annual General Meeting (AGM) finally took off 11 months after it was initially scheduled to be held in Livingstone.
Despite the challenges preceding the AGM, it eventually took off in a peaceful and orderly manner. It was also historically held in Livingstone for the first time. It was also the first elective congress held under the FIFA aligned constitution.
The composition of the AGM itself speaks to the huge changes that have taken place since we undertook the overhaul of the constitution under the watchful eye of FIFA in 2017. The Electoral College has reduced to a traceable 86 voting delegates which is a far cry from the chaos of old that had over 400 delegates. This itself provides a setting for an orderly meeting and with the Covid-19 pandemic upon us, it was also advantageous in implementing the guidelines set by the Ministry of Health.
Members were meeting to elect only the president, vice, and female candidate while the other 10 executive committee members were elected from the provincial assemblies. For the first time all 10 provinces are represented in the 13-member national executive committee. This model will help our decentralization exercise that is taking football to the communities.
While elections remain the highlight of the delayed 2020 AGM (hosted in 2021), I believe the financial reports gave greater hope that with strict accountability and transparency we can accelerate our drive towards financial independence.
There are few things as close to my heart as pushing the drive for financial independence of the association. It will help the Association fully implement its programs without looking out for occasional hand-outs. The marked increase in revenue from 2018 to 2019 helped reduce the deficit significantly. We have the USD 10 million Chipolopolo bond on the cards that we believe once we are given clearance to actualize it will take us closer to financial independence. This is going to be one of the key areas in the next four years.
On the football side, we shall continue to invest heavily in the grassroots and women football to ensure that we now build on the foundation we have laid in line with our 10-year strategic plan. We believe that once we strictly implement our 10-year strategic plan the fortunes of the Chipolopolo will turn for the better.
In our plan we hope that our Chipolopolo will not only target Africa Cup qualification but target to win it. Most importantly, the dream of a first ever World Cup appearance should begin to be actualized with all our teams being rebooted. Success does not just happen overnight but requires planning and patience.
Finally, let me congratulate the new executive committee members for being elected to office for the next four years. I believe we have a perfect blend of youth and experience to ensure that our football is taken to the next level.
Encouragingly, we have a female candidate elected as part of the mandatory imposition of our constitution. We urge our womenfolk to do more next time by fielding candidates in other positions where they have an opportunity like the presidency and vice. May I also congratulate all the participants in the FAZ elections. To those that did not make it, we will still make use of your leadership abilities in other structures of the game. After all football should be the ultimate winner. It is now time to work as the election season is over.
Have a blessed week and remember to observe the Covid-19 guidelines.