FAZ sanctions Nkana for violent conduct against Nchanga Rangers
The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has sanctioned Nkana Football Club for the violent conduct that characterized the aftermath of Saturday’s Week Six MTN Super League match between the 13-time champions and Nchanga Rangers.
FAZ has also slapped bans on Nkana Football Club goalkeeper coach Mike Poto and skipper Diamond Chikwekwe for their part in the post-match chaos at Nchanga Stadium.
FAZ General Secretary Adrian Kashala says the bans were in respect of the breach of Articles 49, 51 and 52 of the Disciplinary Code.
Nkana Football Club has been fined K100, 000 for their misconduct. An additional sanction on unidentified Nkana official who was part of the group that charged at referee Audrick Nkole will draw a fine of K50,000.
“The Disciplinary Committee has considered the Referees Report and Articles 49, 51 and 52 of the Football Association of Zambia Disciplinary Code and has come to the conclusion that (Respondent) Nkana FC concurrently with (Respondent) Player Diamond Chikwekwe, (Respondent) coach Mike Poto and an unidentified aggressor (hence Nkana FC) are guilty as charged,” reads part of the verdict.
“The Respondent Nkana FC is found guilty as charged in accordance with Article 52 for their general conduct after the match in accosting the Centre Match Official Audrick Nkole. Nkana FC is accordingly charged K100, 000 for this malfeasance. This sanction is to be settled within 7 days from receipt of the ruling by Nkana.”
FAZ General Kashala says Poto has been served six months ban for punching Nkole in the stomach while Chikwekwe gets a four-match ban.
Kashala says the sanctions were aimed at sending a strong message to all teams in the FAZ administered leagues.
Nkana have the right of appeal within 72 hours in respect of Articles 119, 120 and 121 of the Disciplinary Code.
FAZ is yet to receive a verdict from the ongoing disciplinary proceedings against Nchanga Rangers for failure to provide adequate security.
For and on behalf of:
FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION OF ZAMBIA