20 June 2013

Zambia: Kambwili Warns Over Fake Tickets

SPORTS Minister Chishimba Kambwili has instructed the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) to write a report to his ministry on the scam involving the printing of counterfeit VIP tickets.

Unscrupulous people had printed counterfeit tickets that went on sale during last weekend's 2014 Brazil FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Sudan in Ndola.

Kambwili said yesterday that the Government would take action based on the FAZ report.

He warned that the law would not spare anyone found wanting in the scam, saying it was shameful to the game of football.

The minister urged the country's football governing body to speed up its investigations on the suspects.

"As Government, we are disappointed and we have asked for a report from FAZ and once we get to the bottom of the scam, we will then take action.

"The law will take its course on anyone who will be found to have been at the centre of this and I would like to warn that there will be no sacred cows in the matter; perpetrators will be punished," he said.

FAZ this week unearthed a syndicate where some unscrupulous people printed counterfeit VIP tickets and car stickers.

Two members of the FAZ match organising committee have since been suspended to pave the way for investigations.

Meanwhile, former Ndola Wanderers Football Club administrator, Matamio Siame has welcomed the decision by FAZ to give the soccer fan, Phillis Chifunda who was accidentally shot by a police officer complimentary tickets for all home matches at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.

Siame said while the move was welcome, FAZ should have given her two VIP tickets for her spouse.

The former Ndola Wanderers secretary said for the love of football, Chifunda suffered permanent trauma after losing a kidney resulting from the gun shot.

He said while he appreciated the gesture, the best FAZ could have done was to put it in writing in case of change of administration.

"While the gesture by FAZ to give the woman who was shot a replica jersey and complimentary tickets for all home matches at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola is welcome, FAZ should have given her two VIP tickets for her and her spouse and they should have put it in black and white because what if the administration changed, will that offer still hold water?

"She lost that kidney for the love of football and though FAZ has done a good job to compensate her, they could have done better," Siame said.

Chifunda was allegedly shot at by an overzealous police officer as she tried to get herself a ticket at Kansenshi post office to watch last weekend's Zambia versus Sudan Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier.

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