20 June 2012

Zambia: Nkana Condemns Hooliganism

MTN Premier League side, Nkana has condemn the behaviour of its fans who threw missiles on the pitch at Kitwe's Arthur Davies Stadium on Sunday after the referee disallowed a goal in their Week 14 goalless match against Indeni.

Nkana secretary Kenny Mwansa said in an interview in Kitwe yesterday that hooliganism was unacceptable especially for a team like Nkana that holds a Zambia league record of 11 titles.

"Nkana Football Club condemns in the strongest terms any act of hooliganism like what transpired at Arthur Davis Stadium during our game with Indeni Football Club.

We would like to believe that this came from a few pockets of spectators and not genuine soccer fans of Nkana Football Club," Mwansa said.

He said the executive has established that most of the fans who cause confusion at Nkana matches were not genuine supporters of the scarlet-shirted side that has gone on a 10-match streak without a win.

Mwansa, however said if any of the team's fans would be identified as being part of the trouble-shooters then necessary punitive measures would be taken against them to deter any would- be offenders.

"As a club, we will take severe measures of discipline should any of our fans be identified as being part of the spectators who threw objects on the pitch. This does not only apply to the Indeni game but should similar occurrences be experienced in future," he said.

The latest incident happened when Lusaka referee Stanley Hachiwa ruled out midfielder Ian Kafusha's 79th minute goal at the back post after second assistant had flagged for offside.

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