The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has with immediate effect banned the sale and consumption of alcohol in stadia.
Speaking in an interview with Lusaka Star, President Andrew Kamanga expressed disappointment with soccer fans’ unruly behavior and violence during the NAPSA Stars Vs Power Dynamos game at Sunset stadium on Sunday 21st May, 2018.
“The timely decision has been brought to full effect following the serious rise in hooliganism between opposing fans in most of the games played in the Zambian football league,” said Kamanga.
Kamanga added that the illicit behavior by spectators from both teams was very disturbing and as long as alcohol will be readily available in stadia the situation will not change and Zambian football will not be a thing of entertainment and pleasure.
“We want the current texture of Zambian to change. We don’t want to see what we have seen today,” said Kamanga.
He added that FAZ had started conducting courses to educate football administrators on how to deal with spectators to avoid unruly behaviour in Zambian stadia.
But Napsa Stars Coach Elija Chikwanda expressed ignorance over the violence that erupted in the stadium.
“I’m not aware of the violence but I want to encourage the boys an their fans to stay motivated and aim at winning the forthcoming matches,” said Chikwanda
And Power Dynamos Coach Kelvin Kaindu described the game as a fair one.
“It was a fair game, all in all, regardless the few flaws contrary to our expectations. The team was a bit relaxed and comfortable with the conviction that the game was going to be a walkover, which turned out to be a tie,” he said.
He further described the league as a marathon and expressed concern over his team’s lack of consistency.
“I think what is lacking in the team is consistency which we are trying to work on and avoid unnecessary losses or draws in the future,” he said.
Power Dynamos maintain the third position on the league log table with 22 points in week 12 and is expected to play Green Eagles this week, while Napsa Stars is on the 18th position with 7 points.
Meanwhile, the super division week 12 match between Napsa Stars and Power Dynamos could not go beyond a tie of one goal for each with the hosting team scoring prior to their counterpart through a penalty shootout by Alex Mwamba in the 72nd minute.
Mubanga sealed the score line with an equalizer through a penalty shootout in the 89th minute.
|June 17, 2018|
|Green Eagles||2 - 1||Nkana|
|Red Arrows||1 - 0||Zanaco|
|Green Buffaloes||0 - 1||Power Dynamos|
|June 16, 2018|
|Nkwazi||0 - 0||Lumwana Radiants|
|Kitwe United||0 - 0||New Monze Swallows|
|Nakambala Leopards||1 - 0||NAPSA Stars|
|Nchanga Rangers||0 - 2||ZESCO United|
|Lusaka Dynamos||2 - 1||National Assembly|
|Forest Rangers||0 - 1||Buildcon|
|Kabwe YSA||0 - 1||Kabwe Warriors|
|June 13, 2018|
|National Assembly||1 - 5||Green Eagles|
|ZESCO United||2 - 0||Nkwazi|
|NAPSA Stars||0 - 0||Kitwe United|
|New Monze Swallows||0 - 1||Kabwe YSA|
|Kabwe Warriors||0 - 1||Green Buffaloes|
|Power Dynamos||2 - 2||Forest Rangers|
|Nkana||2 - 0||Nchanga Rangers|
|Zanaco||1 - 0||Nakambala Leopards|
|Lumwana Radiants||3 - 0||Red Arrows|
|Buildcon||3 - 1||Lusaka Dynamos|
|May 26, 2018|
|Lusaka Dynamos||15:00||Nchanga Rangers|
|May 30, 2018|
|Green Eagles||15:00||Lusaka Dynamos|
|June 2, 2018|
|Power Dynamos||15:00||Lusaka Dynamos|
|June 23, 2018|
|Kabwe Warriors||15:00||Kitwe United|
|Green Buffaloes||15:00||Kabwe YSA|
|National Assembly||15:00||Forest Rangers|
|New Monze Swallows||15:00||Nakambala Leopards|
|ZESCO United||15:00||Green Eagles|
|Lumwana Radiants||15:00||Nchanga Rangers|
|NAPSA Stars||15:00||Red Arrows|
|August 11, 2018|
|Newcastle United||16:00||Tottenham Hotspur|
|Watford||16:00||Brighton & Hov…|
|AFC Bournemouth||16:00||Cardiff City|
|Manchester United||16:00||Leicester City|
|Liverpool||16:00||West Ham United|
|August 18, 2018|
|Leicester City||16:00||Wolverhampton Wanderers|
|Manchester City||16:00||Huddersfield Town|
|West Ham United||16:00||AFC Bournemouth|
|Cardiff City||16:00||Newcastle United|
|Brighton & Hov…||16:00||Manchester United|