FIFA is yet to communicate with the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) over the US $78,000 it owes former national team assistant coach Lucky Msiska.
FAZ general secretary George Kasengele said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that the association only received a letter from Msiska’s lawyers.
Msiska, who also doubled as under-23 national team coach between 2010 and 2011, has dragged the national soccer governing body to FIFA over the unpaid dues.
“We received a letter from his lawyers but we have not received notification from FIFA. We are waiting for communication from FIFA,” Kasengele said.
He explained that the contract Msiska is using against FAZ was drafted by the local soccer governing body to assist him to get his salary from Government because it was difficult for the State to pay him without a contract.
“I do not want to dwell much on this because he [Msiska] knows the circumstances. In the meantime, we are waiting for FIFA to communicate,” Kasengele said.
He recalled that a similar incident occurred during the former FAZ president Evaristo Kasunga era when former national team coach Ben Bamfuchile dragged FAZ to FIFA but the matter was referred back to the local industrial relations court since he was Zambian.
Bamfuchile drilled the national team between 1998 and 2000.
And Minister of Youth, Sport and Child Development Vincent Mwale says FAZ has not approached Government over Msiska’s matter.
“We need to get to the bottom of it because our obligation is to the senior team. We need to find out whether Msiska had a contract or not but in the meantime, there is little I can say because the issue is between FAZ and Msiska,” Mwale said.
Mwale said in Lusaka that he has not yet been availed with details, and feels restrained commenting on it.
“I feel restrained at the moment to comment because I don’t have any details,” he said.
Msiska and Dario Bonetti, a former Chipolopolo trainer, had a fall-out after the former criticised the Italian’s coaching tactics.
Msiska is also a former national team winger and was part of the squad at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games, where Zambia reached the quarter-finals.