The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) says it will soon start the disbursement of COVID-19 relief funds from FIFA to its affiliates.

FAZ General Secretary, Adrian Kashala says members should provide FAZ with updated financial details to avoid funds being diverted or delayed in reaching the clubs.

Kashala says affiliates will be expected to liaise with the finance department at    FAZ to ensure they receive their allocation.

This is contained in a statement availed to ZANIS by FAZ Communications Manager, Sydney Mungala.

Mr Kashala explained that the first batch will see the disbursement of US$500, 000 in January 2021.

“Following the receipt of the first batch of Covid-19 relief funds from FIFA, the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) wishes to advise its members that it will soon commence the disbursement of the money to its affiliates”, said Kashala.

“We have finally received the Covid-19 relief funds and will be advising our members on the schedule for disbursement of these funds. We will be providing the specifics of the allocation with the members directly,” Kashala stressed.

Kashala pointed out that FIFA will also provide a US$500, 000 allocation exclusively for women football.

He has also sounded the warning for members that have taken to airing their grievances outside the FAZ channels.

“FAZ has observed a growing tendency by some members to air their grievances through unauthorized channels. The FAZ constitution provides for adequate platforms for members to air their grievances. Members that ignore these platforms will be liable to sanctions under the FAZ Disciplinary Code or the Ethics Code,” he cautioned.

He further stated that official communication channels are respected by football administrators in the game.

Mr Kashala added the training for administrators calls for exemplary behavior of good governance practices.

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