One of the objective of Club licensing is to ensure and guaranteeing the continuity of the international competitions of clubs during the season (CAF 2012). In so doing, Article J.03 Grade A of the CAF CLUBS LICENSING REGULATIONS states that the License Applicant (e.g Zesco United FC Limited Company the owner of Zesco United FC) must submit a legally valid declaration confirming no physical or moral person involved in the management, administration, and/or sporting performance of the club, either directly or indirectly.
In 2016, we heard that Zesco United FC was the first Zambian Club to meet CAF Club Licensing Criteria. Zesco United legally proved that it was running its affairs as an independent legal entity and there was no external forces either from sponsors or any other bodies or individuals to influence management or performance of the Club.
The recent happening at Zesco Unted FC brings about question on the genuineness of Club Licensing in Zambia, Africa and the world over.
We were meant to understand that Zesco United had a board which is in charge of appointing the club executive. Furthermore, we were informed that the secretariat personnel were full employees of Zesco United FC and not its sponsors. So, why is the sponsor interfering in the work of the Board, why are Zesco United FC employees being deployed to work for the sponsor and not the club they applied to work for?
Zesco Fans, it’s time to wake up and face reality, this Club may just disappear due to the action of the sponsor. It’s time we started demanding for true guarantee that the club will continue to exist. Guarantee like our own Training Pitches, Camp House, Gym, Stadium and other assets that will sustain the club on a rainy day.
Awisi Mphatso Temwani
ZESCO United Fan