Referees Manager Aziph Banda Suspended by FAZ
The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has officially announced the suspension of Referees Manager Aziph Banda. The decision, as confirmed by FAZ General Secretary Reuben Kamanga, aims to initiate thorough investigations into lingering concerns surrounding match officiating.
In a statement released to the ZamFoot Crew, Kamanga explained that the FAZ emergency committee of the executive convened a meeting, resulting in the suspension to allow for a comprehensive inquiry. The decision was prompted by persistent allegations of match fixing, the victimization of whistleblowers, and overall maladministration, leading to numerous complaints from stakeholders.
Highlighting the gravity of the situation, Kamanga emphasized, “The decision was necessitated by recurring allegations of match fixing, victimization of whistleblowers, and maladministration leading to numerous complaints from stakeholders.”
To address these concerns and maintain the integrity of the game, FAZ has opened its doors for individuals with relevant information to come forward. The specialized committee, designed with a focus on truth and reconciliation, will accept submissions from various stakeholders, including suspended, sidelined, or retired referees willing to contribute valuable insights for the betterment of the sport.
Kamanga expressed the organization’s commitment to transparency, stating, “We are keeping the doors open, especially for retired or suspended referees that may feel unfairly treated, to come on board for the good of the game.”
FAZ underscored that these measures were implemented to safeguard the integrity of football, responding to alerts about possible fraudulent activities involving match officials collaborating with other stakeholders.