NSCZ summons ZAAA

The National Sports Council of Zambia (NSCZ) has summoned the Zambia Amateur Athletics Association (ZAAA) executive to explain the criteria they used to bar candidates from this Saturday’s elective annual general meeting (AGM).

And the affected aspiring candidates that include former 400metres hurdles champion Samuel Matete and Jonathan Chipalo have described ZAAA’s decision as illegal.

NSCZ acting general secretary Innocent Chalabesa said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that the board would meet with ZAAA executive either today or tomorrow to resolve the matter.

“We have called for a meeting with ZAAA executive members. We want to hear from them and know what their constitutional say. After that we will advise the way forward,” Chalabesa said.

Meanwhile Samuel Matete and Jonathan Chipalo have vowed to contest despite the decision by ZAAA to ban them.
Speaking in separate interviews in Lusaka yesterday both Matete and Chipalo described the act as illegal.

“I have all the constitutional rights to stand as ZAAA president. I have a club, I belong to Nkana athletics club,” Matete said.
And Chipalo urged ZAAA executive to follow the constitutional when making decisions.

“Come December 20, I will contest because I have all the qualifications to contest for the ZAAA presidency,” he said.
Matete, Chipalo, Christopher Manda and Judith Chaongopa have been banned by ZAAA to contest the forthcoming elections because they do not qualify.

The quartet are challenging incumbent president Elias Mpondela.

Carol Mokola, who is challenging Godwin Chenda for the position of vice president has also been banned.
Manda, Chaongopa and Mokola could not be reached for a comment.

By CECILIA ZULU, Daily Mail, Lusaka

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