kalusha bwalya.jpgWorld soccer governing body, FIFA, has declared Kalusha Bwalya as the legitimate president of the Football Association of Zambia, FAZ.


The declaration was announced after a meeting of stakeholders in Zimbian football in Zurich.

A rival group had challengd the leadership of Bwalya calling it illegitimate.

However, a statement on the FIFA website after the meeting has reconfirmed the former captain of the Zambian national team as the head of football in the country.

The statement also said aggrieved members of FAZ could table a motion of non-confidence against Bwalya and his executive committee if they so wished.

FAZ was thrown into turmoil in September when 4 members of its executive committee resigned citing differences with Bwalya.

Bwalya, the 1988 African Footballer of the Year, responded by co-opting a number of members onto his committee, a move deemed valid by FIFA.

A group led by businessman Andrew Kamanga argued that the decision to co-opt new members onto the FAZ executive has no legal basis.

Reacting to FIFA’s statement, Kamanga, who was also at the meeting, said he was happy with FIFA’s stand.