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Zambia in trouble, Judge halts FAZ Meeting

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A High Court Judge in Zambia has dismissed an application filed by Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) to allow the country’s governing soccer body go ahead with its scheduled Annual General Assembly.

FIFA yesterday directed that FAZ go ahead with the planned meeting or risk being suspended from all soccer competitions. In a letter to FAZ seen by Zambian Eye over the happenings in Lusaka where the top FAZ leadership including its president has been arrested on a corruption allegations, FIFA charged that Zambia had breached the world and continental soccer governing bodies rules not to take its grievances to court.

FAZ decided to apply to have the injunction filed to restrain the holding of the AGM be set aside so that the meeting would go ahead according to the directive by FIFA.

But Lusaka Judge Greenwell Malumani decline to discharge the ex-parte injunction issued against FAZ and adjourned the matter to next week on 2nd May 2024. The AGM was scheduled for April 27.

FAZ has since adjourned the AGM indefinitely.

Zambian Eye’s Asa Manda in Lusaka says the ruling threatens the prospects of the country’s female soccer team’s opportunity to play at the 2024 Olympic games. FAZ General Secretary Reuben Kamanga says it is too early to say if there will be immediate consequences from FIFA.

FIFA yesterday says from the happenings it was clear that there was an influential third party involved on the FAZ issues in Lusaka.

27th April 2024

JUDGE MALUMANI DECLINES TO DISCHARGE THE EX-PARTE INJUNCTION ISSUED AGAINST FAZ AND ADJOURNS THE MATTER TO NEXT WEEK

The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) wishes to inform its members and stakeholders that the planned Annual General Meeting (AGM) has been postponed indefinitely following a sustained court order.

High Court Judge Greenwell Malumani threw out the FAZ application to discharge the injunction filed by two non-members Damiano Mutale and journalist Mabvuto Phiri.

Judge Malumani had set  Saturday 27the April, 2024, as the date for inter-parte hearing with the FAZ turning up for the court hearing early this morning.

After declining to discharge the ex-parte injunction ,   Judge Malumani set Thursday, May 2 as the date for interparte hearing (to hear arguments from the lawyers from both sides).

Meanwhile, FAZ General Secretary Reuben Kamanga says the Association would communicate on the next step.

“The meeting was unable to takeoff due to the sustained injunction by the High Court. We had respectfully turned up at the court to apply for the discharge of the injunction but the court has declined  our application and set a new date for interparte hearing which is Thursday,” says Kamanga.

“We advise our members to remain calm and pledge to keep them informed at all stages.”

Kamanga says it is too early to say if there will be immediate consequences from world soccer governing body FIFA.

On Friday, FIFA directed FAZ to hold its AGM as per constitutional requirements following a court order halting the AGM.

FIFA has given FAZ up to April 30 to furnish it with full information before a decision is reached on the Zambian crisis.

For and on behalf of:

FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION OF ZAMBIA  

Sydney Mungala

COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

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