CAF President Issa President took advantage of his stay in Zambia for the ongoing Total U-20 Africa Cup of Nations to dispel the notion of tension between the president of the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ), Andrew Kamanga and his predecessor, Kalusha Bwalya.
“We met them on Thursday, and we succeeded in making them understand that the football of their country (Zambia), and beyond that of Africa, needs that they work together,” the CAF President said at a press briefing on Saturday, 4 March 2017, to assess the organization of the tournament.
“When we met them, they were able to explain and they understood that there were only misunderstandings,” said Hayatou, adding that the two personalities have agreed to dissipate all the clouds between them and embraced each other.
“It is a very good gesture and it is a good omen for the football of their country that these two people can shake hands” Hayatou added.
At the same meeting, Bwalya, a member of the CAF Executive Committee and African Footballer of the Year in 1988, was asked to acknowledge that his successor was elected in accordance with the established rules and regulations.
“The new president (Kamanga) has been elected by the Zambian football family, so Kalusha should be able to confer with him on all aspects of football management in the country,” said Hayatou.
“I also told the new president that everyone has an interest but Zambian football must be first, and that he takes into account the opinion of Kalusha, who is no stranger to football.
“Before assuming presidency of the FAZ, he wore for several times the jersey of his country. He was also Technical Director and national team coach before his election to the head of the governing body of Zambian football.
“CAF is very pleased to have managed to dispel the clouds between these two personalities and it would be very beneficial for football in general,” Hayatou concluded.