FAZ warns fans ahead of AFCON qualifier

[By Bright Tembo] 
THE Football Association of Zambia has warned fans that are planning to cause confusion at National Heroes Stadium on Tuesday evening when Zambia take on Zimbabwe in 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. 

Fans throw missiles to the national team players leading to the team using a dummy tunnel to head to the dressing room in last game that ended 2-2 against eSwatini during the CHAN qualifier. 

FAZ general secretary Adrian Kashala said the association has put in measures that will not allow fans to misbehave during and after the match. 

“We saw what what happened in the last game. We have put up a plan to identify and take care who will cause trouble. We have information on who could have caused that behaviour, we will be watchful and it was a learning curve for us and will handle it different this time,” he said. “We cannot tell you what we have put in place but we want to warn our soccer fans that, that was not a best behaviour that we could portray at an international game. It has repercussions.”

Kashala is urging soccer fans to come in numbers because “we have a best team at the moment”.

And Zambia Sports Fans Association patron Peter Makembo said fans should draw near the Chipolopolo because the team needs them more. 

“We want to urge the fans that they should come in numbers and support the team. When the team loses fans need to draw closer to the team, not push or throw missiles at them – those are not fans. And when a team wins as fans we celebrate with them,” said Makembo. “So we want to urge fans to come in numbers and stand with the pressure the team will have. We will be there to lead the fans because the team is our baby and it needs us as fans. When things are not going your way, you don’t need to throw missiles at the team. Those are misguided fans, not even soccer fans because they don’t know the repercussions.”

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