Warriors to play games in Lusaka?

MAGNIFICENT Kabwe Warriors – whose fans attacked and severely injured match official last week – will not appeal against the ban slapped on the team by the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) disciplinary committee.

Team vice chairperson Dingwall Hayden said that management has resolved not to appeal because the team “is guilty as charged”.

He said it will not be in the best interest of the team to drag the matter any further and therefore an appeal was not a solution.

Hayden also said the club has has warned soccer fans to stop being violent and behave themselves during matches.

“We are not going to appeal, an appeal is out,” said Hayden.

Hayden said that Warriors management has written to Zambia Air Force-sponsored side Red Arrows about the use of the Nkoloma Stadium after FAZ banned Warriors from using the Godffrey Ucar Chitalu Stadium in Kabwe.

He said management was hopeful that Red Arrows management would handle the matter with the utmost urgency.

“We have identified the stadium and that is Nkoloma. And what we have done is to write them (Red Arrows) on the possibility of us using their stadium,” said Hayden.

He said his team was not bitter about the decision by FAZ, but will ensure that discipline was maintained to avoid a reccurrence of the violence.

And club assistant coach Happy Sichikolo said management was looking at the possibility of finding a home ground in Lusaka for all the remaining games.

Last week FAZ’s disciplinary committee banned Warriors from playing their remaining games for the rest of the season at home due to its riotous fans.

The decision was reached after the failure by the club to control fans who caused the abandonment of some games played at Godfrey Ucar Chitalu Stadium.

The latest match to be abandoned was against league defending champion Nkana football club Week 22 match.

Warriors was also fined K5000 and 150 penalty points for unruly behaviour and has lost three points via a 2-0 win in favour of Nkana.

Kabwe Warriors fans also caused the abandonment at Sunset Stadium in a week 23 match against league leaders Zanaco for which the club was fined K10 000 and 150 penalty points.

Zanaco was awarded three points.

The FAZ disciplinary committee also fined Nkana K5000 for failure to control their fans at Sunset Stadium in a week 20 fixture where Nkana beat Zanaco  2-1.

Nkana fans broke the perimeter wire fence and invadede the pitch.