FIFA: Cosafa Backs One Candidate for FIFA Slot

Zambia Reports Lusaka
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Cosafa has resolved to support the candidature of a serving football association president for a vacant position on the FIFA Executive Committee at the 2017 Congress although there are indications former FAZ president Kalusha Bwalya has shown interest in contesting the same election.

According to resolutions passed recently by the regional body, Cosafa members have agreed to support and campaign for the sitting candidate in order to have representation on the world soccer governing body’s board.

Officials at the Cosafa secretariat have confirmed to bolazambia all 14 Cosafa members including Zambia were represented when the endorsement for the identified candidate was made. Regional bodies have traditionally passed resolutions to vote candidates at either CAF or FIFA elections.

« Cosafa is support one candidate because we believe we can’t go to FIFA like a divided lot. This is important for us and we have identified a strong candidate for this position, » a source at the secretariat has said.

Zimbabwe, South Africa, Mozambique, Angola, Namibia, Malawi, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho, Swaziland, Seychelles, Madagascar and Mauritius make up the Cosafa membership that passed the resolution.

The FIFA Executive Committee Member position will be held in March next year.

In February this year, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) executive committee during a meeting in Rwanda passed a resolution to support the candidature of Bahrain’s Sheikh Salman for FIFA president. Sheikh Salman eventually lost to Gianni Infantino in the election that brought Sepp Blatter’s era to an end.

Then FAZ general secretary George Kasengele said Zambia was bound by the CAF resolution to support Sheikh Salman.

The general secretary proceeded to announce that Zambia was to vote the middle east tycoon. Zambia was represented at the FIFA Election Congress by Kalusha (who voted), former committee member Pivoty Simwanza and Kasengele.

« We are part of the African Football family under CAF and we shall follow what the continental mother body has advised. CAF has taken a stance and as you may know our President (Kalusha Bwalya) is an Executive Committee Member there, we would not want to appear to be at variance with our leaders, » Kasengele was quoted.

Source: Bolazambia

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