Kabwe Warriors get three points after FAZ DC rule in their favour
Kabwe Warriors have been handed a big boost in their title chase after the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) Disciplinary Committee ruled in their favour and awarded Super Division them three points for the abandoned Week 13 Stream A fixture played at Godfrey ‘Ucar’ Chitalu Stadium on April 20, 2019 against Nakambala Leopards.
According to a media statement by FAZ Communications manager Mwazi Chanda Nakambala players refused to get back on the pitch even after Warriors had taken all measures to make sure the situation was under control following crowd trouble.
Nakambala have been handed a five thousand Kwacha fine for causing the abandonment. Nakambala have also been given four days in which to file their appeal if they feel the need to do so.
On the day of the said match Tandi Mwape scored a beautiful free kick and in excitement one fan jumped onto the pitch to celebrate.One police officer discharged a teargas canister and fans reacted with throwing objects on the field.
According to the Disciplinary Committee findings the situation was controlled as all security measures were taken as evidenced by the presence of uniformed Zambia police officers, Zambia Correctional Services officers, Zambia Railways Police and match stewards. The referee had ordered that the game be played but Nakambala players refused to play.
Here is the full Press Statement
(For Immediate Release)
Football Association of Zambia
Football House, Lusaka
11th May, 2019
KABWE WARRIORS AWARDED 3 POINTS FOR ABANDONED MATCH
The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) Disciplinary Committee has awarded Super Division side Kabwe Warriors three points for the abandoned Week 13 Stream A fixture played at Godfrey ‘Ucar’ Chitalu Stadium on April 20, 2019 against Nakambala Leopards.
According to the verdict by the Joseph Jalasi committee, Nakambala Leopards has been sanctioned and fined K5, 000 for causing the abandonment.
The verdict states that, Nakambala Leopards officials refused their players from continuing with the match in the 88th minute after Kabwe Warriors had scored their second goal.
“The facts of the allegation are that during the 88th minute of play, a fan of the protestant club (Kabwe Warriors) went onto the field to celebrate the goal that had been scored, when the police discharged a tear gas canister towards the crowd, when they demanded that the police stop brutalizing the same fan,” reads the verdict in part.
“At that point, the crowd started to throw objects at the security personnel which led to the game being halted for a while. The situation was controlled as all security measures were taken as evidenced by the presence of uniformed Zambia police officers, Zambia Correctional Services officers, Zambia Railways Police and match stewards. The referee had ordered that the game be played but the respondent’s players (Nakambala) refused to play.”
The appeals committee has advised Nakambala Leopards to appeal the decision within four days if they so wish.
Kabwe Warriors was leading 2-0 at the time of the abandonment in the 88th minute.
The full adjudicatory panel had Jalasi, Mutakela Lisimba (vice chairperson), Paulman Chungu and Musonda Chibulu.
For and on behalf of:
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