On 10th October 2021, the Tikambeko News Facebook page published a post claiming that the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) President Andrew Kamanga has resigned after the Zambia National team failed to qualify to the 2022 World Cup. In November 2020, Mr Kamaga stated during a ZNBC Sunday Interview program that he would happily step down if the Zambia National Soccer Team fails to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) and the World Cup. Considering this background and Zambia National Soccer team’s recent failure to qualify to both competitions, the Andrew Kamanga resignation story has resurfaced on social media.
The fact-checking process has determined as false the claim that the Football Association of Zambia President Andrew Kamanga has resigned. The FAZ has not issued any statement on their official website or Facebook page indicating that Andrew Kamanga has resigned. The last posted statement on the FAZ official platforms was from FAZ President Andrew Kamanga on 11th October 2021 giving an update on the current status of Zambian Football for both men and women National Soccer Teams. In the statement, Andrew Kamanga did not state or say anything that could imply that he has resigned from his position. The iVerify team contacted the FAZ Communications Manager Sidney Mungala who said that the story circulating on social media claiming that Mr Andrew Kamanga has resigned is not true. Mr Sidney Mungala further stated that if the FAZ President resigns, the association would publish an official statement.