PRESIDENT’S CORNER: World Cup Qualifiers Deferment an Opportunity for Re-Enforcement
I am back this week with another interaction with you my football family. It has been a busy period for the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) having held two orientation workshops by a well-qualified FIFA instructor Mr Ashford Mamelodi for all our newly elected executive committee members in the 10 provinces. The workshops were spread between Lusaka and Ndola.
It was time well spent making sure that nobody is left behind in the modern management skills of the game. I am confident that the training elevated our administrators to a new level. There is no substitute in modern management than knowledge and understanding. I only urge the administrators to utilize the skills acquired to fully actualize the decentralization process that FAZ has embraced.
Today, our ears will be in Cairo for the draws for the Morocco 2022 African Women Championship as well as the FIFA World Cup draws for the U17 and U20 World Cups. Our women football has never been better with our Copper Queens representing the continent at the Olympics in July. We are happy that the committee of eminent women assembled to fundraise for the Tokyo Games have made some strides in wooing sponsors. Special mention to Zanaco and MultiChoice who have put in USD7, 000 and USD 20, 000 respectively for leading the way. We expect that more sponsors will come on board to help our ladies fly our flag with dignity. We are confident that with her Honour the Republican Vice President Inonge Wina and the First Lady mama Esther Lungu opening their doors, more people will come on board. All these efforts will help in giving the team best possible preparations. The team remains in camp with the technical bench liaising with FAZ on the international friendly matches and a possible international camp preceding the tournament. We are mindful of the Covid-19 restrictions across the globe but will ensure that extra caution is taken.
Finally, the Chipolopolo will have to wait longer for the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers that have been pushed to September. While the decision is regrettable, we believe it will give us some time to reorganize our squad to be more competitive. The technical bench has been scouting for foreign talent of Zambian descent to help plug the holes in the squad. We have given the coach all the support on that mission and we hope that competitive and willing players will be afforded a chance to strengthen our squad. We are also engaging government, to ensure that where need to fast-track the paperwork arises, we will be fully supported.
As I sign out, I wish to congratulate Fashion Sakala on his move to Glasgow Rangers in Scotland. The move is welcome and should encourage more players to aspire to play in top leagues as that is the only way we are going to make the Chipolopolo a force to reckon with. We are keeping our fingers crossed for other possible moves for our players that re in the pipeline.
Have a pleasant week and keep safe!