The Post Newspapers Zambia
By Darious Kapembwa in Kitwe on Wednesday 15 May 2013, 14:00:00 CAT (1350 Reads)
THE Football Association of Zambia has cleared the four players convicted of match-fixing in Finland to play in the FAZ/MTN Super League starting this weekend.
And Kabwe's Godfrey 'Ucar' Chitalu Stadium has been removed from the list of stadiums hosting the Cosafa Castle Cup due to its poor state.
The four players include Francis Kombe, Dominic Yobe, Christopher Musonda and Nchimunya Mweetwa, all who are on the books of NAPSA Stars.
The other player who could be eligible to play this weekend is Nkana's Godfrey Chibanga, whose paperwork was filed this week.
FAZ communications officer Eric Mwanza said the process of recalling the international transfer certificates had reached the final phase.
He explained that after 30 days of requesting for ITCs, the players would be granted playing licences under the transfer matching system (TMS).
"I think the four players from Napsa will more likely play at the weekend because we are in the final phase of giving them playing certificates in line with FIFA systems and statutes," said Mwanza who is FIFA TMS manager for Zambia.
"So, they may play this weekend, and at the moment it's only one club that has sent in all the necessary documentation, Nkana also has requested for Chibanga's services and that is also being looked into actively but until his (Chibanga's) paperwork is sent to us, but of course, the club has requested us. We believe that they have learnt a lesson, they served their sentences and they missed football and we wish them the best."
On April 3, 2011, the Finland Football Federation convicted nine Zambian players for match-fixing and banned them from all football activities.
Three of the players, Francis Kombe and the Yobe brothers Dominic and Donwell served their six to eight months sentences while FIFA extended the worldwide ban on Chibanga and five others which expired on April 5 this year.
And Mwanza announced that Nkana Stadium was being touted at possible replacement for Godfrey 'Ucar' Stadium.
"Our interest is the sponsor's satisfaction, Nkana is a very impressive branding platform," said Mwanza. "It's a platform for good television, perimeter advertising for both inside and outside, the security features are also remarkable here, so I am sure when the committee finally sits to pick venues, it will be one of the venues."
Nkoloma Stadium, Railway Grounds and Arthur Davies were initially earmarked to host games but after careful evaluation of the venues, the Kabwe venue fall short of the required standards and would most likely be replaced by Nkana stadium.