FAZ Slaps Andre Mtine With Life Ban

Unconfirmed reports indicate the Football Association of Zambia has banned Ndola-based administrator Andre Mtine for life on charges of allegedly bringing the name of the game into disrepute.

Sources at Football House have disclosed that Mtine was banned for allegedly being part of the confusion leading to the tiff between FAZ and Democratic Republic of Congo side TP Mazembe.

Mtine, a former FAZ treasurer and later committee member, is accused of being at the centre of a club versus country stand-off involving former TP Mazembe trio Rainford Kalaba, Nathan Sinkala and Stophilla Sunzu last year.

The trio endured a four hour interrogation and had their passports confiscated as they were heading back to their club in Lubumbashi at the height of the confusion which only ended through country-to-country negotiations. They had been accsued of sneaking out of the country illegally with the help of Mtine.

Kalaba, Sunzu and Sinkala had missed the Brazil friendly in China on account of injury and illness with Mtine supervising the players’ trip to Zambia. FAZ held them back from returning to Congo for a TP Mazembe fixture against Stade Malien of Mali.

Mtine’s presence around the trio is said to have riled FAZ president Kalusha Bwalya and sports minister Chishimba Kambwili leading to the life ban.

It is unclear whether Mtine has appealed the ban or if he will do so but he joins Lusaka-based official Simataa Simataa on the long list of life bans.

Source : Zambia Reports

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