PRESS BRIEFING - Wednesday, September 15, 2010
PRESS BRIEFING
15 September
FOOTBALL HOUSE

1.0 OPENING

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the compliments of the President, ExCo and Secretariat of the Football Association of Zambia and welcome you to Football House and our press briefing this morning, Wednesday 15 September 2010.

2.0 RWANDA 2011 CAF UNDER QUALIFIER
GHANA vs. ZAMBIA
REVIEW

The Zambia junior team returned home yesterday after their weekend game against Ghana at the Ohene Djani Stadium in Accra. The team went down 2-3 on aggregate and will therefore not play any further part in qualification for Rwanda 2011. The boys did very well and in a very long time, we had a U17 team progressing this far in CAF continental qualifiers.

Going forward, we will continue to develop the team by exposing them to international competitions including regional U17 championships, international matches and other championships which we will organize for them. The technical staff, working with other coaches, the leagues, academies, schools and provinces will continue the development of these players so that we have a strong junior base and more players exposed at the highest levels at a very young age.

3.0 FIFA PLAYERS AGENTS REGULATIONS
EXAMINATION DATES – IN SEPTEMBER 2010

In respect of the FIFA Players agents’ examinations, we have just 15 days to go before the next sessions of these written exams. We have announced over the last one month that the year 2010 last sitting of FIFA Players’ written examinations in accordance with the revised FIFA Players’ Agents Regulations will be held on Thursday 30 September 2010. As always, the examinations will start at 10:00am. This is FIFA set worldwide time for the conducting of these examinations.

In view of the notice from FIFA, FAZ has repeatedly reminded all Zambians above the age of 21 interested in contributing to the development of football by becoming players’ agents to register with the Football House and make payment of a non refundable fee of K500, 000.00 to be eligible for this exam.

Zambia does not have a FIFA registered players’ agent. These agents are key personnel and stakeholders especially in the area of players’ transfers, local and international.

Presently, Zambian players rely only on their personal managers and foreign agents for their international transfers and movements.

For those that follow these announcements online, we already have received one applicant for this September examination and it is our hope that we can have many more coming forward.

For those that need assistance with examination materials, please contact us at Football House or go online at FIFA.com

4.0 SUPER LEAGUE FIXTURES
ZAMBIAN SUPER LEAGUE

The League continues this week with all but one match taking place across the Super League while the rest of the lower divisions play as scheduled. On account of their Orange CAF Confederations Cup fixture on Friday, Zanaco’s match against Forest Rangers will not take place. It will be played on a date to be advised. The rest of the games are on.

The fixtures are available online at www.fazfootball.com

Sept 18 15:00 City of Lusaka Konkola Blades Woodlands Stadium
Sept 18 15:00 Green Buffaloes National Assembly Edwin I. Stadium
Sept 18 15:00 Roan United Nkwazi Kafubu Stadium
Sept 18 15:00 Lusaka Dynamos Kabwe Warriors Queensmead
Sept 18 15:00 Red Arrows Zesco United Nkoloma Stadium
Sept 18 15:00 Nkana Choma Eagles Nkana Stadium
Sept 18 15:00 Nchanga Rangers Power Dynamos Nchanga Stadium

8.0 LONDON 2012 QUALIFIERS
WOMEN’S QUALIFICATION GAMES
ZAMBIA vs. BOTSWANA

The women U23 team commences preparations for the qualifiers of the 2012 London Olympic Games tomorrow when they set residential camp at the FAZ Technical Centre in Lusaka.

The team plays away against Botswana on the weekend of October 10-3 and hosts the Botswana ladies on the weekend of October 22-24 in Lusaka.

The team technical staff will be led by Enala Phiri Simbeya. She will be assisted by Masiye Kamaya. Faith Chibeza is team doctor, Loveness Nkhata physiotherapist and Besa Chibwe is team manager.

The squad list will be made available later in the afternoon.

9.0 ORANGE CAF CONFEDERATIONS CUP
CSS vs. ZANACO
FRIDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 2010

Following an impressive 1-0 win over CS Sfaxien of Tunisia, Zanaco FC got their campaign for the semi-finals of the championship on track. They follow up that victory with a visit to Tunis and a return-leg date against CSS this Friday night in a match schedule to kick off at about 20:30hours.

The team left for Tunisia yesterday and we are pleased with the confidence and high spirits the team is in. we just want to appeal to the fans and entire country to support the team so that we can get a positive result that help us on the road to qualification from our group.

10.0 REFEREE COOPER TESTS
FRIDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 2010
OYDC, LUSAKA

This week Friday 17 September 2010, the Football Association of Zambia will conduct FIFA Physical Fitness Tests for our referees who aspire to be included on the FIFA panel for 2011.

The Referee Manager and Coordinator Katongo Kabungo will oversee the process which Carlos Henriques and Mark Mzengo from the Gaborone Region of FIFA will conduct. The tests will be conducted at the Olympic Youth Development Centre starting at 09:00hours. So far we have eight (8) confirmed referees, 11 assistants’ referees.

Added to the men’s referees, we have four (4) women referees, seven (7) assistants. Joining the Zambian referees are seven (7_ international referees from Zimbabwe.

11.0 THE 2010 BRCLAYS CUP
DRAWING OF LOTS
THURSDAY 16 SEPTEMBER 2010

Preparations for the launch and draws of the 2010 Barclays Cup has progressed and we should soon make an announcement on the hosting of the championship.

12.0 FIFA RULING
PLAYER EMMANUEL MBOLA TRANSFER
FAZ TO ISSUE ITC TO DRC FA IN RESPECT OF TP MAZEMBE

FIFA, the governing body of world football, has directed FAZ to issue an International Transfer Certificate (ITC) to the Fédération Congolaise de Football-Association (Fecofa) in respect of TP Mazembe for Emmanuel Mbola. FIFA made the ruling following a request from FAZ in which we sought guidance on the player’s status, movement and transfer.

The Football Association of Zambia will now proceed to issue the ITC.

We have consistently stated and advised the football fraternity and media to understand the rules and regulations governing player transfers to avoid authoring of erroneous reports which can mislead the public.

13.0 INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY MATCH
YEMEN vs. ZAMBIA
18 SEPTEMBER 2010

The Zambia National Team arrived in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa Tuesday morning at about 02.00 hours local time to set their training base ahead of this weekend’s international match between Zambia and Yemen. Following the arrival of the jet that carried the Zambia team players, the Italian airliner carrying the coaches landed 30 minutes later at about 02:30hours as Dario Bonetti and his staff arrived from their visits of European based Zambian players.

The team is accommodated at the Five Star Movenpick Hotel in Sanaa and has been provided with adequate facilities and security from their time of arrival. The team had its first training session 16.00 hours and will continue to train to match day.

This match is in line with our stated policy of continuously exposing our players to the highest levels of competition so that they can be better prepared for regional, continental and international competitions. This match in particular is important in that it will accord Bonetti and his staff to look at even more players ahead of the Cosafa championship.

In line with the match against Yemen, the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has excused midfielder Noah Chivuta Sikombe from this Saturday’s international friendly match against Yemen to allow him concentrate on his new team’s assignments. Chivuta informed us that he had signed a new deal with Free State Stars and he has been put in line for the next leagues game on Saturday and Wednesday.

Our appeal is for the country, as always, to rally with the support and support the boys as we play. Our fans have always been wonderful and with the quality of players, we are confident of pulling a positive result in this game which has been classified A plus and will count towards the FIFA ranking.

14.0 ADDRESS BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE

I will now invite the chairman of the Disciplinary Committee Mr Anthony Kasolo to address us on issues from the last sitting and take any questions that you may have.

15.0 DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE
SATURDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 2010

The Disciplinary Committee of the Football Association of Zambia will sit again this Saturday 18 September 2010. The meeting will start at 09:00hours. The Secretary of the committee will communicate to all concerned parties where the meeting will be held.

Details of the meeting will be communicated to the public and media at a time to be advised.

FOOTBALL HOUSE
ALICK NKHATA ROAD
LUSAKA