Sunday, 20 March 2016

Team Kalu's Wrong Campaign Strategy: A Lesson For Zambian Football

By Paul Shalala
The presidential contenders

It took over an hour for the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) President-Elect Andrew Kamanga to move from the audience at Moba Hotel to the front of the conference room, a short distance of about 60 meters.

Overjoyed councilors who had fought for eight years to unseat the 1988 African Footballer of Year at the helm of FAZ, could not believe it when the returning officer Sukwana Lukangaba declared Kamanga the winner at around 02:00hrs on Sunday morning.

This victory was not an easy one considering that Kalusha was in command of the secretariat and had good will from various clubs countrywide plus his international image and connections.

But what does this regime change at Football House teach the football fraternity?

Hero worshiping doesn’t pay

For six months, a number of Kalu fans ran a sustained smear campaign on social media that portrayed Kamanga as an inexperienced football administrator who was not fit to lead Zambian football.

This campaign was led by well known journalists who bombarded Facebook with daily propaganda messages against Kamanga and rarely posted campaign messages for their candidate.

The campaign’s aim was to ensure that Kamanga is hated by councilors and they end up denying him votes at the annual general meeting.

However, this campaign backfired as most people who were commenting on these journalists’ statuses were yearning for change at Football House.

Kalusha was so hero worshipped that these journalists had details of every move he made: jumping on a plane, sitting down at the FIFA headquarters, reporting for work at Football House, shaking hands with influential people, and receiving guests, etc.

Kalu had led FAZ as President for eight years and prior to that, he served as Vice President for four years.

His record at FAZ (wining Africa Cup in 2012) plus his exploits as Chipolopolo striker, captain and coach was enough for these online supporters to have used to sell their candidate but they decided to use the wrong strategy of attacking the opponent.

Our friends lost it because they put hero worshiping first instead of selling a good product in the name of Kalusha Bwalya.

Simply put, Kalu would have whitewashed Kamanga if his campaign team had the right strategy and the right message.

Most football councilors are not online

The strategists in the Kalu camp missed the point by heavily campaigning online.

They put up a spirited campaign on Facebook forgetting that the people with the power to vote where mostly offline.

Take for example my home team Mumbwa Medics Football Club.

As far as I know, not all its executive members are online and there is less than 20% chance of reaching them by campaigning on Facebook.

Kamanga had little presence on social media and he devoted most of his time and energies meeting the clubs and selling his message to the clubs physically.

He also ran an advert at the back of newspapers for a long time, a strategy I think which sold him to the football family especially with his call for transparency and accountability.

Regime change comes with non-violence

Four years ago when Kamanga challenged Kalu and lost, there was a lot of confusion and violence during the FAZ Annual General Meeting.

Councilors were not ready to change the FAZ leadership that’s why they resisted change physically to ensure that our football icon Kalusha Bwalya remains at the helm of football in the country.

However, with so many issues surrounding the running of the game, councilors resolved to kick out their boss and ensured he ran away from Moba Hotel before final results were announced.

A few days ago, we were told that over 1,000 Police officers had been mobilised to maintain law and order at Moba Hotel following reports that Jerabos had been mobilised to cause confusion. 

However, this was not the case when the over 350 Councillors converged at the AGM on saturday.

The 2016 FAZ AGM was the most peaceful as councilors mingled, voted and later celebrated or got disappointed without a fight.

Secretariat picked a wrong fight with Journalists

The outgoing FAZ Secretariat (Am sure Kamanga will choose his own staff), picked a wrong fight with the media.

Journalists seen to be critical were barred from certain events and games in the name of not having accreditation.

At one game at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola, MUVI TV sports reporter Mike Mubanga was flushed out by a well known FAZ official for allegedly being critical of Football House.

Last night when votes were being counted, Mike was again flushed out of Moba Hotel by eight heavily armed Police officers at the instruction of a FAZ official.

And when the results were announced that Kamanga had won, Mike rushed to Moba Hotel to confront the official by which time he had already disappeared.

Kalusha Bwalya
“You Police officers, you kicked me out because FAZ ordered you to do so. Now am ordering you to look for that man and kick him out of Moba Hotel because he is now out of employment,” said Mike as he ran around the hotel looking for FAZ officials.

Several respected radio football analysts like Leonard Chibasa, Aarin Phiri, Patrick Tembo and several other friends of the beautiful game were denied accreditation to the AGM on account of not being ‘in good books’ with FAZ.

These are mistakes which the Kalu camp made and they should learn from them if they are to make a come back in 2020.

Wayforward for Zambian football

Kamanga can go for a honeymoon for a short period of time and quickly get back to work because Zambians are impatient and they love football.

The football family has a lot of expectations from the business magnate.

Councilors who effected this regime change want to see real change at Football House.

Starting from football deals, team selection and the association’s image, Kamanga needs to make sure he works hard and ensures all his campaign promises are implemented.

He promised to overhaul the way Division One operates and we expected nothing less than that.

If Kamanga is going to appoint his own FAZ Secretariat, we expect him to appoint capable people who will work for football and not for Kamanga.

If those appointees will also start hero worshiping and praising Kamanga where they go, then the repeat of Moba Hotel will not be long.

Otherwise, congratulations Mr Kamanga and and congratulations also to Chingola businessman, former Nchanga Member of Parliament and Mines Deputy Minister Richard Kazala who was elected FAZ Vice President.

We expect nothing but transparency, accountability and success for our beloved Chipolopolo in your four years in office.

Richard Kazala
Below is how councilors voted:


1. Andrew Kamanga – 163
2. Kalusha Bwalya – 156
3. Henschel Chitembeya – 1

4. Invalid Ballots – 4

1. Richard Kazala – 117
2. Pivoty Simwanza – 108
3. Mofya Chisala – 58
4. Cephas Kampamba Katongo – 28
5. Boniface Mwamelo – 8

6. Invalid Ballots – 5

Rixie Mweemba (Unopposed)

Lee Kawanu
Blackwell Siwale – 173
Brenda Kunda – 143
Elijah Shenko Chileshe – 111
Lee Kawanu – 106
Kabaso Kapambwe – 99
Dr Joseph Mulenga – 92
Francis Hafwiti – 86
Happie Munkondya – 80
Gideon Mwenya – 80
Violet Bwalya Kasenge – 79
Mike Chirwa – 72
Andrew Banda – 49
Jeff Chipilingu – 61
Lenny Sampa Nkhuwa – 44
Eutrasia Chambeshi – 45
Stanely Chilimunda – 6
Arthur Kamuloso – 48
Gabriel Kaunda – 32
Jordan Maliti – 49
Alex Mambwe – 11
Kennedy Matashi – 66
Nellie Miyamba – 55
Victor Mpundu – 44
Dr Joseph Mulenga – 92
Watson Mwale – 40
Alfred Mwape – 8
Felix Nsama – 57
Timothy Phiri – 7
Edwin Sisya – 27

Invalid Ballots – 7


  1. This is a lovely article and your writing skills keep going higher & higher, keep it up my brother from another mother.

  2. Beautifully crafted article full of real data and analysis. Keep up the good work. Humphrey Kasiya

  3. Thanks alot Councillor Mitch and my father Mr Mwale. Appreciate so much

  4. Fantastic Article,very much on point. Keep up with the good work Bo Shalala

  5. Its as if i was there during elections...wish every journalist could have such desire to report just as it happened!!so far u one of m best in zambia!!keep it up Man

  6. Its as if i was there during elections...wish every journalist could have such desire to report just as it happened!!so far u one of m best in zambia!!keep it up Man

  7. This is a very informative article and its on point.

  8. Thanks alot friends. Am encouraged

  9. Hehehe Mike ordered for the arrest of the people who had thrown him out?

  10. AUBREY KASONU CHINDEFU21 March 2016 at 16:51

    This is the great ever news I ever wished to hear in Zambian football. The football pendulum has finally shifted in the right and perfect direction. Andrew, I wish you all the best in the running of football. Now we can also consider donating our meager resources to aid the new FAZ uplift Football standards.

  11. Well written our great analyst

  12. Xavier, imagine the victim becoming the arresting officer kikiki.

    Aubrey, we expect alot from Kamanga. He needs to work hard and show us he means well for football.

    Bruce, thanks a lot comrade. Am humbled

  13. Wow, brilliant Mudala. But I'm still laughing on Mubanga Mike...can't

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