The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has advised members of the public that are trading in counterfeit FAZ branded products to stop the practice or face arrest.
The sale of counterfeit replica jerseys bearing the FAZ logo has increased on the local market contrary to c/Section 6(1) (a) of the Merchandise Act Cap. 405 of the laws of Zambia.
FAZ Deputy General Secretary Joseph Chimpampwe says FAZ is working closely with the law enforcement agencies to curb the sale of goods bearing forged trademarks.
“We would like to strongly warn the people dealing in counterfeit FAZ replicas that we will continue clamping down on them. A recent operation salvaged some replicas that bear the FAZ logo that were being sold illegally with the culprits brought to book,” said Mr Chimpampwe.
Mr Chimpampwe said this in a statement made available to ZANIS by FAZ Communications Officer Sydney Mungala.
“The FAZ logo is a property of the Football Association of Zambia and registered as a trademark. We also wish to put it on record that sale of goods bearing forged trademarks is an offence c/Sec 6(1) (a) of the Merchandise Act Cap. 405 of the laws of Zambia,” he added.
Mr Chimpampwe further added that FAZ has authorized dealers in their merchandise with global telecommunication giant MTN among the institutions that sell authentic jerseys.
He noted that in February, 2018 the Lusaka Magistrate Court sentenced a Chinese national Huang Bing to nine months imprisonment with hard labour for selling fake national team replica jerseys.
He further noted that Bing was charged for sale of goods bearing false description in accordance with CAP 405 of the Merchandise Marks Act.
Mr Chimpampwe said FAZ will conduct random operations across the country to deal with culprits.
He has since urged football lovers to buy authentic FAZ merchandise available at designated dealers and also at Football House.
Mr Chimpampwe said that FAZ replica jerseys are being sold in MTN Shops across the country at K350.
This was according to a statement made available to ZANIS by FAZ Communications Officer Sydney Mungala.