By MICHAEL MIYOBA
THERE is need for the Football Association of Zambia to release the names of the players shortlisted for the transitional MTN/FAZ League awards to promote transparency, Zambia Football Fans Association (ZAFFA) has said.
Speaking in an interview ZAFFA general secretary Katwizi Chawezi said the associations’ failure to unveil the players nominated for the awards would raise suspicions among clubs and the general public.
“It doesn’t make sense and us as stakeholders of the game we would like to see that the awards are held in a transparent way because we follow the games and know which players deserve to be nominated,” Chawezi said.
FAZ has announced the date for the 2019 Transitional MTN/FAZ Super Division awards which will see top performers, Austin Muwowo, Bruce Musakanya and Lazarous Kambole competing for the inaugural fans Player of the Year Award.
FAZ and the awards committee have, however, refused to disclose the names of the players nominated for the Player of the Year, the Coach of the Year, Young Player of the Year, Most Disciplined Player of the Year and Best Referee of the Year.
FAZ vice president Rix Mweemba said FAZ president Andrew Kamanga would present the presidential award while Napsa Stars striker Laurent Mavungo, Forest Rangers’ Adam Zikiru and Austin Muwowo were set to scoop the Top Scorers’ Award for their 10 goals scored apiece during the transitional period.
Speaking during yesterday’s press briefing at football house, Mweemba hailed players and clubs for their dedication during the transitional period.
Mweemba said the transitional league played during the rainy season was a success because of efforts by various Super League clubs.
Meanwhile, MTN Zambia events manager Mwamba Siame has hailed the Andrew Kamanga led FAZ Executive for working hard to ensure that football continues to thrive and develop by initiating positive policies.
Siame reaffirmed MTN Zambia’s commitment to continue supporting the growth of Football in Zambia through the provision of financial and material support.
“As MTN We are eager to play our part to ensure that Zambia’s number one sport continues to grow to greater heights both on the local and international scene,” Siame said.
And Multichoice Zambia, the broadcasters of the FAZ Super Division through its sister company, SuperSport has pledged its continued support for the growth of football in Zambia.
Multichoice Zambia corporate affairs manager Mwika Malindima said the company, through Supersport, had forged long-term partnership with the Football Association of Zambia to contribute to the growth of local talent and the economic value of sports in Zambia.