Zambia’s Football Legend Kalusha Bwalya on Wednesday appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) against the FAZ decision to stop him from contesting the FAZ Presidency.
Zambian Icon, Kalusha is being represented by Spanish Sports Lawyer Paolo Torchetti and in a letter addressed to CAS Secretary General, Kalusha Bwalya wants the decision by the FAZ Electoral Committee be reviewed and declare him eligible for the election.
Meanwhile,his lawyer Torchetti proposed that the matter must be treated with urgency so that the CAS can pass the verdict before the Presidential elections set for March 28, 2020.
He further requested CAS to suspend the holding of the upcoming Presidential elections pending the result of the case before Court of Arbitration for Sports CAS
Torchetti said failure by FAZ to suspend the election his client Byalya will pursue all legal avenues before the CAS to seek for interim relief.
The letter reads
In a letter to Secertary General, Mr. Deputy Secretary General and Ms. Nkanza,
In letter, the statement of appeal and appeal brief filed with the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
His lawyer wrote
I write to you on behalf of Mr. Kalusha Bwalya, as his legal counsel, whom I copy on this electronic correspondence. I attach a power of attorney authorizing my representation to communicate on his behalf.
The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has declared Mr. Bwalya ineligible to stand in the upcoming presidential elections. We have filed an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne (CAS), which is also copied on this correspondence, in order to vacate this decision and to have Mr. Bwalya declared eligible to stand in these elections. Attached is the consolidated statement of appeal and appeal brief.
As you know, the elections are scheduled to be held the 28 March 2020. 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.
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.
The letter was written by Paolo Torchetti Ruiz-Huerta & Crespo