Inspector General of Police Grapheal Musamba has assured the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) that police will crackdown on individuals and organisations involved in the production, sale and distribution of fake KoPa replica on the market.
Musamba says intellectual property crimes costs FAZ millions of kwacha in losses and police will not hesitate to join hands with FAZ to clampdown offenders in order to arrest the vice.
The police top cop was speaking when FAZ president Andrew Kamanga accompanied by his general secretary Reuben Kamanga paid a courtesy call on Musamba.
“We will be on the lookout for intellectual property thieves. FAZ is the chief administrator of football in Zambia that has provided an enabling environment for football to be played in good order. We will be available for security, support and any other issues as our doors are open for you,” Musamba said.
“We are also aware of the Chipolopolo’s participation at the Africa Cup of Nations and Zambia Police, Chipolopolo is our team and all of us being citizens are deemed to be supporters of our national team. If we don’t give support to FAZ, who are we going to give support to?” Musamba asked.
In response, FAZ president Andrew Kamanga, who present a full set of KoPa replicas to Musamba said the Association was grateful for the support and open-door policy shown to FAZ.
“The KoPa is purely our initiative which we embarked on in 2018. We are grateful that you have seen us at short notice and this is testimony of your continued good working relationship with FAZ. We hope to continue with this partnership so that crimes associated to intellectual property are addressed,” Kamanga said.