– ‘MIGHTY’ Mufulira Wanderers Football Club has been fined K9,000 and Shinde Stadium banned from hosting the next six home games in a verdict delivered by the FAZ disciplinary committee following the abandonment of the Week 19 MTN/FAZ Super League match with Zesco United.
– The disciplinary committee, chaired by Antony Kasolo, yesterday found Mufulira Wanderers guilty and awarded Zesco United three points with a 3-0 scoreline.
– This is the third time in the last 10 years that Wanderers have been banned by the Football Association of Zambia for crowd trouble at Shinde. They were banned in 2005 and 2008.
– “The committee, after oral submissions from both teams and perusal of referees and match commissioner’s report, finds Mufulira Wanderers Football Club guilty of violence which happened during the above match and subsequently caused the abandonment of the match.
– “Mufulira Wanderers Football Club is fined K5, 000 and will play their next six home matches 60 kilometres away from Shinde Stadium. The two Mufulira Wanderers assistant coaches Moses Kashimoto and Mulenga Chewe are fined K2, 000 each and suspended from the technical bench for two matches beginning this weekend,” Kasolo said.
– Kasolo said Wanderers had a right to appeal to against the verdict.
– Club vice chairperson Philip Zyambo said fans should stop the violence to avoid their teams enduring harsh penalties.
– “Our soccer fans should stop taking decisions in their hands to avoid the teams facing stiff punishment imposed by the FAZ disciplinary committee. I hope the fans have learnt a lesson,’’ he said.
– And Zesco United committee member Charles Kalala said his club was happy with the verdict.
– “We are very delighted that the verdict has been in our favour. It is good that the rules of the game have been strictly followed,” he said.
– According to the facts presented to the disciplinary committee, the match was abandoned at 16:20 hours after Mufulira Wanderers supporters threw stones and bottles onto the field of play after ZESCO scored in the 30th minute through Winston Kalengo.
– Zesco player Mwape Mwelwa was injured in the confusion that followed and Mufulira Wanderers assistant coach Kashimoto and Chewe verbally abused match Officials.
– Meanwhile, Ndola’s Levy Mwanawasa Stadium will be lit up this afternoon as defending champions Zesco United host Nkana in a Week 20 fixture of the MTN/FAZ Super League.
– Nkana is ninth on 25 points while leaders Zesco have 43 after being awarded free points following the abandoned game against Wanderers. The Kitwe giants will be searching for their first win against Zesco since 2004.
– The two sides have clashed twice this year with Zesco beating Nkana 5-4 on spot kicks after a 1-1 draw in regulation time during the Samuel ‘Zoom’ Ndhlovu Charity Shield semi-finals at Arthur Davies Stadium while the Week 5 match at Nkana Stadium ended in a goalless draw.
– Nkana coach Aggrey Chiyangi said his charges were determined to break the 11-year losing spell to Zesco United.
– “We expect a tough match as Zesco is a good side but our target is to get maximum points. We have never won a game against Zesco, but tomorrow (today) will be a different story for my side,” he said.
– Zesco United coach George ‘Chicken’ Lwandamina said his focus is to get a win and increase the log gap margin.
– “Our target remains the same, to get a win and nothing else. The boys are aware not to underestimate the visitors but put in their best,” he said.
– This will be an important match for the Zesco fans who will be looking forward to watching their newly signed midfielder Clifford Mulenga in action after his hiatus from Zambian football since the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, where he was unceremoniously sent packing before the end of the tournament due to alleged unruly behaviour.