The Football Association of Zambia (Faz) has signed up for the Fifa National Integrity Program aimed at combating the threats and safeguarding the integrity of football arising from match manipulation.
This follows a Fifa National Integrity Programme Workshop held in December at Sun City, South Africa which was attended by FAZ General Secretary Ponga Liwewe along with Deputy General Secretary Lombe Mbalashi.
Deputy General Secretary Lombe Mbalashi has been appointed the Integrity Officer for Faz and in collaboration with COSAFA and FIFA will oversee the establishment of an integrity program that specifically applies to Zambia.
“As you are well aware Zambia is no stranger to match-fixing allegations and cases. Not so long ago Zambia made the wrong footballing headlines when nine players then playing in Finland were convicted for match fixing," Mbalashi told fazfootball.com.
"More recently we had a case of an attempted bribing of a match official that was reported and in fact this matter has generated interest from the Fifa Integrity Office.
"As Faz we are committed to this process and will therefore declare a zero tolerance policy to match fixing and manipulation. This policy will apply to all the stake holders such as officials, clubs, players, referees, sponsors, administrators, organisers and others in the football fraternity," he said.
Mbalashi added that the operations of the Faz Integrity Office will be centered around the five pillars of the Fifa Integrity Initiative which are:- prevention, risk management, information gathering, investigations and sanctions.