11 arrested over fake FAZ replica jerseys
By Staff Reporter
11 people have been arrested for being in possession of counterfeit Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) replica jerseys.
Zambia plays Guinea Bissau at Heroes Stadium in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
Addressing journalists at Football House in Lusaka Tuesday afternoon, General Secretary Adrian Kashala warned of more arrests.
He said unscrupulous businessmen had taken advantage of the national football team’s games and made counterfeit products with a FAZ logo.
‘’ And to that effect, our officers swung into action yesterday in the afternoon. They confiscated a variety of replica jerseys; ranging from Nike, Adidas, Kopa, name them. We are going to crack and pounce on whoever is dealing in such kind of products, as long as they carry FAZ logo,”Kashala warned. “We have so far 11 suspects in detention and they will all appear in court soon. I know where the source is, I’ve been across the border in Tanzania there. There’s a shop where these things are bundled. But because of issues of jurisdiction we do not have the powers to pounce on that particular shop.’’
Kashala reminded illegal dealers that the Association’s logo was patented.
He said anyone wishing to deal in FAZ products should formally arrange with the Association.
‘’In the recent past we’ve been making pronouncements, discouraging citizens from dealing in counterfeit products; especially products that carry a FAZ logo. To the contrary FAZ logo has become a brand to sell and then most of unscrupulous businessmen have taken the idea to sell products that carry a FAZ logo,’’ said Kashala.
‘’And it must be understood here that the FAZ logo is patented, it’s a protected logo. No one is allowed to use it, no one will make gains out of it illegally. Those who would want to deal with FAZ products or FAZ marked products should come through our offices and be registered with us accordingly.’’