Football Sport

Wanderers pondering way forward

MULWANDA LUPIYA, STEPHEN PHIRI, Kitwe, Lusaka
MUFULIRA Wanderers are pondering the way forward after the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) disciplinary committee closed Shinde Stadium due to crowd.
“We will be meeting as a committee after today’s [yesterday] Week 20 fixture against Green Eagles and that is when we are going to make a decision over the matter,” Wanderers chairman Kenward Chansa said from Choma yesterday.
The FAZ disciplinary committee on Friday fined Wanderers K5,000 and directed the legendary side to play six home games 60km away from Shinde Stadium.
Wanderers’ fans threw stones and all sorts of missiles on the pitch when Zesco United striker Winston Kalengo scored during a Week 19 fixture on August 8 causing the abandonment of the tie.
Chansa said the executive will look at the merits and demerits before settling on the venue for their home matches.
Wanderers host Power Dynamos this weekend.
Chansa could not state whether his executive will appeal against the verdict.
Wanderers assistant coaches Moses Kashimoto and Mulenga Chewe have been fined K2,000 each and suspended from sitting on the technical bench for two matches starting yesterday.
And Zesco United public relations officer Katebe Chengo said justice has prevailed.
“As Zesco United we are happy that with the verdict not that we wanted it to go our way but that fairness has prevailed and it shows that no team is favoured. It is also a lesson to us to desist from having any security lapses at stadiums. It is also a lesson to fans that they should use the right channels to air out grievances because violence does not pay,” Chengo said.
Meanwhile, Kabwe Warriors technical committee chairperson Mike Chirwa urged Super Division teams to learn from the Wanderers scenario.
“Club officials should always sensitise their fans to keep order at all times. There is no need to throw stones when there are channels of communication. As Warriors, we were banned from using Godfrey Chitalu Stadium for three games last year because of crowd trouble and since then I am always talking to our supporters to be calm and not resort to violence,” Chirwa said.
The FAZ disciplinary committee closed Godfrey Chitalu Stadium last year after Warriors fans ran riot after the Kabwe side conceded a second goal during a Week Five match against Green Eagles.

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