SOCCER icon Kalusha Bwalya has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) challenging the Football Association of Zambia’s decision to declare him ineligible to stand in the up-coming elections slated for March 28.
And Kalusha through his Sports lawyers Paolo TORCHETTI, RUIZ-HUERTA & CRESPO have requested for provisional measures that the upcoming presidential elections be suspended pending the final result of the case before the CAS.
Kalusha’s lawyers have also written to FAZ saying he appealed in the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne (CAS), and also copied on the correspondence to the FAZ General Secretary and his deputy, in order to vacate its decision and to have him declared eligible to stand in the elections.
“As you know, the elections are scheduled to be held on March 28, We have proposed that the matter be held on an expedited basis so that the CAS can issue an award before the presidential elections. In the interest of justice and fairness, we ask that the FAZ consent to the matter being held on an expedited basis,” read the letter. In addition, we have made a request for provisional measures that the upcoming presidential elections be suspended pending the final result of this case before the CAS.
“We also ask, in the interests of justice and fairness, that the FAZ agree to suspend the presidential elections pending this procedure before the CAS. If the FAZ does not agree to do so, we shall pursue all legal avenues before the CAS to seek this interim relief.
But FAZ general secretary Adrian Kashala could not be reached to confirm whether they have received any correspondence from Kalusha’s lawyers. Kalusha together with Richard Kazala and Suzgo Zimba were declared ineligible to run for the FAZ presidency in the upcoming elective general congress on account of having failed to meet integrity test requirements according to the FAZ electoral rules.
The three contesting the polls are incumbent Andrew Kamanga, former FAZ vice-president Emmanuel Munaile and soccer administrator Joseph Nkole.