By GRACE CHAILE LESOETSA
FORMER Zambia international Emmanuel Munaile intends to contest the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) presidency at the next elections.
Munaile, 58, a former FAZ vice-president, said in Lusaka yesterday he would stand at next year’s FAZ elective annual general meeting.
He said he had enough experience on and off the pitch to run the game.
Munaile said he was disturbed by the state of the beautiful game in Zambia, which needed a serious strategy and plan to return to winning.
“As you all have seen, our football has not been the same and needs serious strategising and planning to get back to our winning ways. I am concerned with the state of our number one sport.
“It’s for this reason that I am offering myself to stand as president of FAZ as the association holds its elective annual general meeting next year,” he said.
Munaile is expected to unveil his manifesto soon under the motto “Unity and Results.”
“In due course, I shall be unveiling my manifesto and vision. Suffice to say if I am elected as president, we shall all need to pull in one direction with regular consultation with both former FAZ presidents and other stakeholders being the foundation of my working style,” he said.
The former Zambia national team centre forward served as Kalusha Bwalya’s deputy for two years but quit in 2010 because of alleged mal-administration.
He also served as FAZ executive committee member from 2000 to 2004 under the Evaristo Kasunga administration.
Munaile is also a former Malole Constuency Member of Parliament.
Others who have expressed interest to contest the FAZ top job are embattled former executive member Blackwell Siwale and Chililabombwe-based Konkola Mine Police president Gideon Mwenya.
Incumbent Andrew Kamanga has remained mute on whether he will seek re-election.