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kalu.jpgThe newly appointed president of the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ), Kalusha Bwalya, has been congratulated by World Soccer Governing body (FIFA) boss Sepp Blatter.

The Swiss assured the African Legend of FIFA’s support in his new role as head of Zambian football.

According to reports from kickoff.com, Sepp Blatter in a congratulatory letter challenged the former African Footballer of the Year award recipient to fully utilize his vast experience as player, coach and administrator in lifting Zambian football, and said he was looking forward to discussing relevant development projects with Kalusha and his new Executive grouping soon.

Blatter also added that the new FAZ boss now had in his hands a complex but exciting task of turning around the fortunes of Zambian football.

“Your incredible experience as a player who played all around the world, as a coach of the national team and as a FAZ vice-president represents an amazing asset for the achievement of your new mission which is the fulfillment of the dreams of millions of football lovers in Zambia,” Blatter said

“You now have in front of you the complex but exciting task to help the football in your country to reach new heights and to regain the international recognition it deserves, and in the task you can rely on my support and on FIFA assistance.”

Kalusha was last weekend appointed as the new FAZ President, defeating the incumbent President Teddy Mulonga in a landslide victory.

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African soccer legend Kalusha Bwalya on Saturday assumed the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) presidency after a landslide victory over Teddy Mulonga and Hanif Adams.

Kalusha will be deputised by former teammate both at the national team and Mufulira Wanderers, Emmanuel Munaile, while MTN Zambia accountant Boniface Mwamelo is the new treasurer.

New committee members are Lenny Nkhuwa, Violet Bwalya, Marcha Chilemena, Keagan Chipango.

Henschel Chitembeya and Pivoty Simwanza also bounced back into the FAZ committee during the election held at Lusaka’s Mulungushi International Conference Centre.

Kalusha polled a runaway 120 votes against former president Mulonga’s 66 while Adams, who owns Super Division Lusaka Dynamos FC, got a paltry 11.

“While this election has signalled the end of an era and the beginning of another – a new era that is set to revolutionise our game and take us to a new and higher level that we so desire – we must remain united for the good of the game,” Kalusha said to a round of applause in his inaugural speech.

“This is a time for healing,” he said in view of the pre-election campaign talk that could have left some hurt.
“Eyes on the ball,” he declared in what he said would be his motto in the next four years.

“This has been without doubt a hotly-contested election. Like in football, there will always be a winner and a loser.

“To my executive, the time for rhetoric is over and the time for hard work is now upon us,” Kalusha said.

He was lifted shoulder-high as his supporters popularised his “eyes on the ball” motto.

The situation was tense before and during elections as councillors were tight-lipped on their choice but they came out openly after the elections.

Both Mulonga, who was the incumbent and Adams were gracious in defeat.

“It’s been a fair election. The people have spoken,”
Mulonga said.

“I hope the new executive will fulfil their campaign promises for the development of Zambian football. I am
54 years and I do not see myself standing in 2012,”
Adams said.

Only Kalusha and Chitembeya have bounced back from the previous executive.

Munaile, who is also Malole independent member of Parliament and former FAZ executive committee member, got 73 votes against Joseph Nkole (39), Andre Mtine (29), Giles Yambayamba (28) and Simataa Simataa (27).

Former FAZ executive committee member Simwanza polled 100 together with Nkhuwa.

Chilemena had 89 votes, Chitembeya 69, Bwalya 64 and Chipango 63 to wrap up the team expected to lead FAZ for the next four years.

National Sports Council of Zambia board member, Elliot Mhende, announced the results.

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Go to fullsize imageThe Zambian Chronicle has officially endorsed Kalusha Bwalya for the presidency of the Football Association of Zambia with immediate effect.  

We believe that Great Kalu has the necessary expert training, skills and administrative abilities needed in the next CEO of the Zambian Enterprise’s Soccer Fraternity. 

We don’t really need to ring bells for him here at the Chronicle because we believe that his whole life Action file photo of Luis Garcia (L) and Kalusha Bwalya (R) of Club Americais a testimony not only the contributions he has made to soccer franchises in Zambia and around the world. 

When you travel around the globe, two names are synonymous with the Zambian Enterprise and one of them is that of Great Kalu. I once traveled to a certain country where everybody just called me “Kalusha” when they learnt I was Zambian. classy-daddy-3.gif

Kalusha Bwalya is an international icon who has severely made the Zambian Enterprise proud. While we are cognizant of the fact that elections are a tough business, we wish him well above all else … thanks a trillion.

Brainwave R Mumba, Sr.

CEO & President – Zambian Chronicle

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www.chinaview.cn 2008-01-27 08:24:03    
  Samuel Eto'o of Cameroon fights for the ball at the African Cup of Nations  ACCRA, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) — Cameroon, dubbed as The Indomitable Lions, on Saturday proved its billing and spanked Zambia 5-1 in a Group C match of the Africa Nations Cup.

    The scoring binge began in the 28th minute with Geremi Njitap’s free kick. His teammate Joseph Desire Job got another goal three minutes later as two Zambian defenders missed the ball before the net.

    The hesitation of Zambian goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene made the defense more flagging in the 43rd minute. Cameroonian striker Achille Emana got the ball in his path and netted in easily.

    Cameroon’s shining star, Barcelona striker Samuel Eto’o did not show his brilliant talent too much and just converted a penalty in the 66th minute.

    The last goal of Cameroon was also due to the porous defense of the Zambian side as Job just ran with the ball into the net as Zambian goalkeeper Mweene was misled by his own team’s defender to the other side of the net.

    Zambia’s Christopher Katongo fetched one goal back in the 89th minute.

    Cameroon was defeated by defending champion Egypt 4-2 last Tuesday, raising the doubt whether The Indomitable Lions fell asleep in the continental tournament.

    Cameroon’s captain Rigobert Song, however, took the result easy as he assured before the match against Zambia that his team would move into the next round of the tournament.

    “In reality, our CAN 2008 begins on Saturday against Zambia,” Song said.

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KUMASI, Ghana (AFP) — Zambia scored a comfortable 3-0 win over a spirited Sudan in a Group C battle of the outsiders in the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations here at the Baba Yara Stadium on Tuesday.

The Chipolopolo, as the Zambian team are known, took an early lead through a James Chamanga lob after just two minutes and added a second five minutes after the interval through the outstanding Jacob Mulenga.

Felix Katongo further punished poor defending by Sudan when he tapped home the third goal in the 59th minute after goalkeeper Abdalla Elmuez failed to hold on to a shot by Rainford Kalaba.

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Zambia coach Patrick Phiri said: “It was important that we won this match but I noticed some few lapses in our defence and this we must work on before our next game against Cameroon.”

“Zambia had a good game today,” admitted Sudan coach Mohamed Abdallah. “They took their chances well. Probably if we had done same earlier in the game, we would be talking a different thing now.”

“We like to play under pressure and so expect us to play a lot better in our next game.”

A downcast Sudan striker Faisat Agab added: “We lost this game but must now look forward to our next two games and see what we can make of them.”

Zambia sit atop Group C after the 4-2 win posted by Egypt over four-time champions Cameroon earlier in the day.

After going in front, the south Africans, who were without their leading scorer Christopher Katongo through suspension, pressed on as in-form Chamanga combined well with Felix Katongo in the ninth minute only for Katongo’s shot from on top of the box to scream across the face of goal.

Badr Eldin’s scorching effort from 30 yards nearly got Sudan an equaliser after 12 minutes but it came off the woodwork with goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene well beaten.

The quick inter-change of passes and movement by the fleet-footed Zambian forwards spearheaded by the exciting Mulenga often got the Sudan back four into trouble but big defender Ritshard Jastein proved a steadying influence for this team back in the Nations Cup after a 32-year absence.

As time wore on Sudan found their bearing and began to take control of the midfield as they strung passes among themselves with great understanding. They would even have drawn level on 29 minutes but Gibril Alaedin ballooned his shot into the stands when it would have been much easier to score.

Zambia looked dangerous when they counter-attacked while the Nile Crocodiles enjoyed more of the ball but this was mostly in their own half of the pitch and so did not really trouble their opponents.

Sudanese target man Faisat Agab’s bouncing header on 48 minutes produced a finger-tip save from Mweene but Katongo responded for Zambia almost immediately as Elmuez was forced to stretch his giant frame before he could scramble the ball for a corner.

Mulenga headed home from the resultant corner for Zambia’s second goal of the night before Katongo added a third with a cool tap-in.

Mweene was forced to produce an unusual punch-out of Jasteine’s 66th minute powerful freekick as Sudan continued to mount pressure for a consolation goal but again and again they did not have the ammunition to get on the score board.

Mulenga was denied a second goal by Elmuez who dived full length to parry for a corner the lively Zambian striker’s goal-bound header in the 84th minute.

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South Africa’s 2010 ambassador, Kalusha Bwalya has declared his candidature for the Football Association of Zambia presidency.

Kalusha, who last year lost the bid to become COSAFA president, hopes to cap his illustrious football career with the highest office in national football administration.

Kalusha, who is currently the FAZ vice-president, is the country’s most successful footballer and holds many posts both at continental and global level and, now believes time has come for him to add more value to Zambian football.

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At a media briefing at Lusaka’s Taj Pamodzi Hotel yesterday, Kalusha who is Fifa’s stadiums’ safety sub-committee vice-chairman and a member of the technical committee, said time had come for him to make FAZ a financially-viable association.Kalusha reflected with regret his four years as FAZ vice-president, saying people’s views were suppressed while some people had become more important than the association.

He said there was need to change the approach and be more tolerant and inclusive.

“The sport is too big for the few to administer,” Kalusha said.

His four years in office was climaxed by a stand-off with FAZ president Teddy Mulonga.

The former Zambia captain and coach, said he had a strong conviction that FAZ was capable of sustaining itself through maximising on its marketing potential to develop the game and rehabilitate former footballers who are now languishing.

He noted with regret that while he had earned his livelihood all his life, some players he shared glory with have been floundering and can barely survive.

“It makes me sad to see to see former national team players cast aside when their playing days come to an end and sacked every so often when they try to earn a livelihood as coaches,” Kalusha said.

While keeping his broader vision close to his chest, Kalusha said he would ensure returned players are trained in either business enterprises or form a trust fund to assist them.

“These people brought joy and glory to a lot of hearts, some long gone but yet we are the first to laugh in their hour of need,” Kalusha said.

Kalusha has played professional football in all continents bar Australia, with his peak being at PSV Eindhoven in the Netherlands, a team he joined after leaving his first station in Europe – Cercle Brugge of Belgium which he joined at the end of 1985 when he left Mufulira Wanderers.

His football skills also took him to Mexican giants Nexaca, Correcaminos and Vera Cruz when he made an impact with his wizardly left foot.

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By Kennedy Gondwe
BBC Sport, Lusaka


Image of the proposed stadium in Ndola

Teams might train in the stadium ahead of the 2010 World Cup

The Zambian and Chinese governments have signed an agreement for the construction of a 40,000-seater stadium in northern Zambia.

The signing ceremony follows a visit by a Chinese delegation to carry out feasibility studies at the construction site.

Delegation leader Zhang Zijun and Bizwayo Nkunika, the permanent secretary in Zambia’s ministry of works and supply, signed on behalf of the two governments.

The stadium, which will be constructed in Ndola in the Copperbelt province, will cost an estimated $70 million.

Sports minister Gabriel Namulambe said the country’s biggest-ever arena will be ready before the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

“The signing ceremony marks the beginning of the construction works,” he announced at the signing ceremony in Lusaka.

“This country will benefit from South Africa’s hosting of the 2010 World Cup if the stadium is completed.

“I am calling upon the private sector to come on board because we need a five-star hotel next to the stadium.”

Chinese ambassador to Zambia Li Qiangmin assured that the construction of the stadium would be completed before 2010.

But the signing ceremony will do little to cushion the nation’s current stadium crisis.

Zambia may play home matches away

Fifa has declared the Independence Stadium in Lusaka unfit to host matches, and Zambia may have to play their 2010 World Cup home qualifiers outside the country.

A parliamentary committee has also recommended the razing down of the stadium.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/africa/7000480.stm

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