TO: ALL MEDIA HOUSES
FROM: ZESCO UNITED FOOTBALL CLUB
RE: “Zesco fall short of Club licensing” Reaction
Zesco United FC wishes dismiss in strongest terms the story which ran in the Times of Zambia under the heading “Zesco fall short of Club licensing” authored by Sandra Mwila dated 5th January 2018 insinuating that the club has failed to comply with all the five club licensing criteria going into 2018.
The reporter quoted a statement issued by FAZ communications manager Desmond Katongo that however did not mention that the club has failed club licensing.
“In compliance with the set Sporting, Infrastructure, Administrative, Legal and financial criteria of CAF and FAZ licensing regulations, the first instance body (FIB) was satisfied that Nkana FC,ZANACO, Green Buffaloes and Zesco United met the fundamental club licensing requirements,” part of Katongo’s statement read.
There is no way that the club meets CAF club licensing criteria and granted license by CAF yet fails at FAZ.
Zesco United was the first Zambian club to fulfil all the criteria set out for club licensing in 2013.
Because of this, Club Chief Executive Officer, Justin Mumba has attended various CAF and Soccerex fora’s to share the Club is licensing success story since 2014 across the continent.
In 2014 in appreciation of the club’s progress, ZESCO United was the only Zambian club invited by CAF for the seminar held for the 35 elite clubs on the continent on club licensing held in Cape Town ,South Africa on the sidelines of the CHAN tournament.
Over the years, the club has kept improving in its management and has been a model of club licensing to other clubs both locally and outside the country.
Unless someone within FAZ or the Times of Zambia wants to bring the club into public odium, the statement and report from the First Instant Body (FIB) of FAZ does not at all mention that the club has not fulfilled the criteria set.
Katebe Chengo (Ms)
Media and Public Relations Officer