The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has released a statement following the spectator incident during a league match between Green Buffaloes and Nkana on Wednesday.
An unidentified soccer fan breached all security protocols at Nkoloma Stadium to attack Nkana coach Manfred Chabinga triggering a fight back from the Nkana bench.
FAZ General Secretary Adrian Kashala says the incident is particularly saddening coming on the day fans made a return to the terraces after eight months due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We are very disappointed with the scenes we witnessed at Nkoloma Stadium. We are going to deal sternly with the parties involved,” said Kashala.
“We fought so hard to get fans back into the stadia and will not allow hooliganism to ruin our desire to have spectators at stadia,” he added.
The FAZ General Secretary said the fan who breached security protocols will be found and handed to police for criminal trespass.
Kashala said Green Buffaloes and Nkana will be summoned for possible sanctions over inadequate security and violent conduct, respectively.
“It may be too early to pre-empt disciplinary steps that will be taken but we expect both parties to furnish us with answers on the situation at Nkoloma Stadium,” he said.
Green Buffaloes defeated Nkana 5-0 on Wednesday in a week five tie that marked the return spectators after government gave the green light for fans to return.
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By Ofhani Munyai