Former FAZ president Kalusha Bwalya allegedly called his successor Andrew Kamanga on Sunday to shower him with insults.
Kamanga revealed on Wednesday night the duo’s relationship had soured. The revelation was made at the Newsmakers Forum organised by The Post Newspaper in conjuction with Joy FM held at Lusaka’s Southern Sun Hotel.
Kamanga was accompanied to the event by committee members Lee Kawanu, Dr Jospeh Mulenga, Blackwell Siwale and general secretary Ponga Liwewe.
The Lusaka businessman, who defeated Kalusha at the March 19, 2016 election to take over the FAZ reins, said he received a phone from his predecessor loaded with invectives.
During the question and answer session, Kamanga was asked about his relationship with Kalusha which he said was currently “very bad” following a phone call he received from the former.
Kamanga says he had a phone conversation with a social media agent suspected to be sponsored by the old order and has been set on him with personal attacks churned through social media.
He says shortly after a conversation with the said agent, he was a recipient of a phone call from Kalusha which was loaded with unpleasantries. Kamanga did not delve into details saying he passed on the matter to his legal team who are currently studying events.
“If you asked me I would say the relationship is very bad,” he said. “It’s tragic. The first time I spoke to him after the FAZ election was on Sunday. He was full of insults.”
Meanwhile, Kamanga says Zambia will have an expatriate coach before the World Cup qualifiers commence in.
“We hope by the time we get to World Cup qualifiers that issue will be out of the way,” he said.
Kamanga also explained that the choice facing FAZ members on the FIFA directive to reduce voting members to about 100 was between suspension and complying.
He said the final deadline of up to September would result into a ban if not met by FAZ.
Kamanga expressed shock that despite the FIFA directive having been on the table for a long time there were people from the old order who were going round with a petition saying if FAZ implements the FIFA executive they will be impeached.
“There is a petition going round where they are saying the previous executive tried very hard to stop the FIFA directive from being implemented. That’s not true. It does not matter who was going to be at FAZ today, the FIFA directive has to be implemented. It is either we comply or face suspension,” he said.
“We had a FIFA representative who has been here three or four times and has told us that how do you even have a meeting with that number of 350 plus,” he said. “For current FAZ members they will not lose anything. They will still be entitled to the FIFA fund.”
Meanwhile, FAZ committee member Dr Mulenga was put on the spot over his promise to resign if Andrew Kamanga won the FAZ elections during the race for the top job at Football House.
A member of the audience Gideon Kaumba caused a bit of a shakeup at the high table where Kamanga was joined by committee members Kawanu, Siwale, Dr Mulenga and Liwewe when he asked why Dr Mulenga had not honoured his pledge to resign if Kamanga won.
Dr Mulenga admitted that he made the statement in the heat of an election but pledged to support Kamanga wholeheartedly.
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