MTN Super League side, Nkana has had their appeal following the ban on Diamond Chikwekwe and Mike Poto in the aftermath of their week six clash against Nchanga Rangers dismissed by the FAZ Appeals Committee.
According to the statement by FAZ Communications manager Sydney Mungala availed to the ZamFoot Crew the Appeals Committee has upheld the decision by the Disciplinary Committee.
Nkana had advanced four grounds of appeal including the plea to have the four-match ban on skipper Diamond Chikwekwe and six-month banishment from football of goalkeeper coach Mike Poto reviewed.
The Appeals Committee dismissed all the four grounds and noted that the decision by the Disciplinary Committee was above board.
“The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) Appeals Committee has upheld the decision of the Disciplinary Committee to hand Nkana Football Club multiple sanctions over their role in the October 1 Week Six match against Nchanga Rangers.”
The Appeals Committee has advised Diamond Chikwekwe to issue an apology to the referee Audrick Nkole, the fans and the nation at large.
“In considering ground 1, the committee was of the considered view that the Appellant’s captain, as the leader of the players, must always conduct himself in an exemplary manner, despite being a first offender. The Appellant is however, encouraged to ensure that Appellant’s captain issues a press statement apologizing to the referee and the fans and the nation, indicating that correct procedure should be followed when dissatisfied with the officiating of a match, if this hasn’t already been done,” reads part of the verdict.
“Furthermore, the Disciplinary Committee applied the minimum penalty as provided for in the FAZ DC and therefore the committee could not fault the Disciplinary Committee’s finding on ground one.”
On the ban on goalkeeping coach, the Appeals Committee observed that a higher standard of conduct was expected of the trainer as a leader in the team.
“Furthermore, the Disciplinary Committee applied the minimum penalty as provided for in the FAZ DC and therefore the committee could not fault the Disciplinary Committee’s finding on ground 2,” states the verdict.
The Appeals Committee also endorsed the Disciplinary Committee’s position that the Appellant was a habitual offender on the evidence of the number of appearances before the judicial bodies.
“The Committee notes that the sanction imposed by the Disciplinary Committee is as provided in the FAZ DC and in the absence of any convincing reasons advanced by the Appellant (Nkana), it cannot fault the sanction imposed by the Disciplinary Committee.”
The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) sanctioned Super League side Nkana for the violent conduct that followed the week six 1-1 draw against Nchanga Rangers away in Chingola.
Nchanga Rangers on the other hand were handed a five match spectators ban and fined K50, 000.