FAZ Appeals Committee throws out Nakambala FC appeal
By Staff Reporter
THE Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) Appeals Committee has upheld the decision of the disciplinary committee to award three points to Kabwe Warriors against Nakambala Leopards FC for the abandoned week 13 game.
According to a statement made available to NewsdayZambia.com this morning by FAZ Communications Manager Mwazi Chanda, the ruling by the Appeals Committee, the appeal by Nakambala was thrown out for lack of merit.
“Having considered the appeal by Nakambala Leopards FC, we are of the firm view that the appeal is devoid of any merit. It is clear that Nakambala Leopards FC attended the Disciplinary Committee hearing on 8th May, 2019 and they were given a chance to be heard,” said Chanda.
“Therefore, we believe that the Disciplinary Committee rightfully applied the provisions of the Disciplinary Code in view of the facts of this case. The Appeals Committee has upheld the decision of the Disciplinary Committee that awarded three points, a 3-0 score-line and K5, 000 fine,” said Chanda.
“We therefore, uphold the entire findings of the Disciplinary Committee and indeed confirm the fine imposed on Nakambala Leopards and the subsequent forfeiture of the match and awarding of the 3 points to Kabwe Warriors FC with a 3-0 score line”.
She said that members of the Appeals Committee were Sukwana Lukangaba, Isaac Nonde and Joseph Nkole.
Chanda said that the facts of the allegation were that during the 88th minute of play, a fan of the protestant club (Kabwe Warriors) went onto the field to celebrate the goal that was scored, then the police discharged a tear gas canister towards the crowd when they demanded that the police stop brutalizing the same fan.
“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, and Zambia Railways Police and match stewards. The referee had ordered that the game be played but the respondent’s players (Nakambala) refused to play,” said Chanda.
The FAZ/MTN Super League comes to a close this weekend with concluding matches from stream A on Saturday while stream B games will be on Sunday.