There is something excitedly going on in the background as regards infrastructural developments in Zambia’s football.
The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has identified four stadia across the country for upgrading by FIFA under the agreed strategic objectives and projects with the global mother body.
Stadia set to be upgraded by FIFA under the infrastructure development program are Kaole (Mansa), David Kaunda (Chipata), Independence (Solwezi) and Kasama Sports Stadium.
The glitch has been that member associations require title to the infrastructure that FIFA identifies to fund.
The engagement has been quietly going in the background with the relevant provincial authorities while at the top of the process has been the office of the Attorney General to provide legal guidance.
Part of the requirement is that the title can be given to the home club or FAZ as the situation may be deemed fit and trigger the process of development by FIFA.
Previously Maramba Stadium in Livingstone had been identified for grand renovations but the process of handing the title to Livingstone Pirates that is owned by the council to ensure access to FIFA resources dragged on with the offer expiring.
The spread of infrastructural projects across the country could ease the strain on the over-burdened stadia like National Heroes, Nkoloma, Sunset and Levy Mwanawasa Stadium but most importantly provide an opportunity for other regions beyond Lusaka and Copperbelt to host international matches.