FAZ Hands Simataa a Life Ban
Simataa, a veteran football coach, who has managed teams in the lower leagues including UNZA Stars, Amakumbi, Makumbi Stars and now Mtendere Football Club, was banned for life due to allegedly making remarks against the Football Association of Zambia on Radio Phoenix on December 20, 2013.
Simataa has coached the national team and junior national teams before including the Under 17 in 2002 and has also been acting FAZ president.
Simataa was also Zambia Football Coaches Association (ZAFCA) general secretary.
He has been a vocal critic of the Kalusha Bwalya-led FAZ executive committee prefering to operate with Andrew Kamanga with whom they almost led a revolt against Kalusha in 2011 and 2012.
The FAZ disciplinary committee in 2011 suspended Simataa for three months, an act perceived as an attempt to block the outspoken administrator, who was general secretary of the Andrew Kamanga-led FAZ faction, from attending the annual general meeting in March 2011.
It is yet to be seen how this ban will pan out including whether it will reignite the debate of Kalusha’s inadequacies in FAZ.
The letter is hereby reproduced:
23rd March 2014
Mr Simataa Simataa
C/O Mtendere Football Club
House Number 37 Chelstone Green
REF: DISCIPLINARY ACTION – LIFE BAN – YOURSELF
1.0 We refer to our letters dated 20th Dember 2013 and 27th January 2014.
2.0 You will recall that on 20th January 2013, you were informed that you had made utterances against the Football Association of Zambia on a Radio Phoenix Programme of the same date where you appeared together with Daniel Kaoma and Zacks Machaliwa. In that letter, you were requested to exculpate yourself of those remarks but you chose to send an email requesting for proof.
3.0 On 27th January 2014, you were summoned to appear before the FAZ Disciplinary Committee on Saturday 1st Febraury 2014 to answer the following charges:
(a) The legal action against Football Association of Zambia employees, namely General Secretary Mr George Kasengele, Finance Manager Mr Sam Phiri and Communications Manager Erick Mwanza, a matter which is still in the Courts of Law.
(b) Remarks made against the Football Association of Zambia on a Radio Phoenix programme on 20th December 2013.
4.0 The Disciplinary Committee met on 1st February 2014 and deliberated on the two cases and the following were the resolutions of their sitting:
(a) You were fined K200.00 for failing to attend the Disciplinary Committee sitting.
(b) You were found guilty of having violated the Football Association of Zambia Disciplinary Code article 7.10 and Football Association of Zambia Constitution article 18.1 (f). The committee therefore decided to ban you from all Football Association of Zambia activities for life.
For and on behalf of the:
FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION OF ZAMBIA
George K. Kasengele