The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) have written to FIFA, demanding action on the poor officiating during the 2-0 loss to Equatorial Guinea in the 2022 World Cup last week Thursday.
Moroccan referee El Jaafari Noureddine made questionable decisions in the first half, with almost every decision going against Chipolopolo.
Most notable among them was a straight red card against midfielder Prince Mumba.
According to ZamFoot, at half time of the match, a furious FAZ President Andrew Kamanga accompanied by his vice, Justin Mumba and FAZ Lusaka Province chairman Jordan Maliti went down from their VVIP box to approach Cameroonian match Commissioner Konate Alim Aboubakar.
They questioned why Noureddine should continue officiating the match when his actions were skewed against the Zambian team.
“These people are embarrassing Africa, there must be fair play in football. Match Commissioner, I am in CAF and you are in CAF, is this fair play that we are watching? Football has to be fair not this,” said Kamanga as Aboubakar calmed him down and walked into the referees’ change room.
But Equatorial Guinea’s numerical disadvantage took its toll on Zambia, with Sakala and Daka repeatedly being called offside.
“Football is about normal play but what we saw today is completely outside normal football that we all subscribe to.”
“At halftime we went to see the match commissioner and we played the second half under protest and even after the second half we still went back and filled a formal complaint all because we believe that football should be won fairly but what we witnessed was nowhere near that,” said FAZ as reported by the Zambian football publication.
With a minute left to play before the end of the match, a fight ensued as an overzealous security officer from the local FA identified as Inocensio Ncogo punched one of Zambia’s kit managers and a player from the bench as they walked towards the exit gate from the terraces onto the pitch.
Angered by Ncogo’s action, the visiting security team joined into the confrontation and scuffles ensued, with police watching at first until one of the match officials approached the scene and seemingly scared police who moved in to chase their people away.
After a high tempered match ended, Kamanga and his officials remained behind in the stadium to draft a protest to FIFA, detailing the whole match proceedings copied to CAF, which Kashala handed over to Aboubakar who was still locked up in a meeting with referees.
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By FARPost Reporter