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 Disciplinary 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 Joseph Jalasi (chairman) Mutakela Lisimba (vice- chairperson), Paulman Chungu and Chibulu Ba Muzo Musonda.
For and on behalf of:
FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION OF ZAMBIA
Mwazipeza Sakala Chanda