Aspiring Football Association of Zambia president Kalusha Bwalya is defiant that he will be on the March 28 ballot despite being ineligible after failing an integrity test.
The FAZ Ethics Committee on February 14 dealt a blow to Kalusha ‘s bid to return as FAZ president when it stated he failed to meet one or two criterias to stand.
One of those states that a candidate who has served a ban from FIFA, CAF or FAZ is ineligible to stand.
Three years ago Kalusha served a two-year FIFA ban for bribery that was later reduced to a fine.
“As far as I am concerned my name will be on the ballot,” Kalusha said.
“Kalusha doesn’t have any case with FIFA, he doesn’t have any case at CAF or any pending action against the Zambian authority.”
However, the FAZ Ethics Committee has stated that Kalusha is free to appeal the ruling before February 17.
Kalusha, who served as FAZ president for two terms between 2008 and 2016, is one of four candidates who failed the integrity test.
Those successesful are incumbent Andrew Kamanga, former FAZ vice president Emmanuel Munaile and ex-FAZ executive committee member Joseph Nkole.
By Kalumiana Kalumiana
FARPost’s Zambia Correspondent