By Uche Dozie
Sport Writer, kick442.com-Nigeria
The Government of Zambia and football stakeholders in that country, in what seemed a timely intervention on Friday reached a decision to withdraw all court cases.
In a recent communique signed by all representatives of the parties involved which was made available to kick442.com, it was agreed that all parties should sheathe their swords for the progress of the sport in Zambia.
The stakeholders agreed the following:
1. That the aggrieved party will withdraw the football case from courts of law.
2. That FAZ will proceed with the election until after the meeting to be chaired by FIFA to iron out outstanding electoral contested issues; and
3. The meeting which will be chaired by FIFA will be attended by both FAZ and all the aggrieved stakeholders.
4. The outcome of the meeting with FIFA shall finally and none of the parties will seek redress from a third party.
FIFA’s meeting with the association is expected to take place in the next few days via Zoom call and will be chaired by FIFA chief member associations officer, Vernon Mosengo-Omba, reports www.zambianfootball.co.zm.
It will be remembered that FIFA had on 30th June gave FAZ a 10-day ultimatum to resolve the internal wrangling in the association.
This is as a result of Damiano Mutale’s petition against the Football Association for allegedly breaching a court order. Mutale claimed that president and others, whilst acting together, ignored a court injunction ordering them to halt the electoral process, thereby committing contempt of court, Zambia.
The resolution meeting was chaired by the Presidential Affairs Minister, Honourable Freedom Sikazwe, who headed the government delegation.
President Mr. Andrew Kamanga, Vice President Mr. Rix Mweemba, General Secretary, Mr. Adrian Kashala were the executive in the FAZ delegation. Two legal counsels in Mr. Gilbert Phiri and Mr. Paul Chola represented the aggrieved party.
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