THE Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has said all offensive items and alcohol beverages will not be allowed inside the new Levy
Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola during this weekend’s dress-rehearsal matches.
After conducting drills for ushering and evacuating spectators at the stadium at the weekend, FAZ vice-president Boniface Mwamelo said the
association would strictly adhere to the world governing body, FIFA’s safety requirements.
Mwamelo said the spectators would be screened 100 metres from the stadium and that only those with tickets would be allowed entry for
the trial matches involving top MTN Premier Division League teams.
“We went through the drills for ushering and evacuation of fans. We are satisfied with preparations according to the rehearsals. We will
do it in accordance with FIFA safety requirements,” he said.
In this double-header MTN Premier Division League Week 12, leaders Zesco United will clash with Nchanga Rangers in the first game before
Nkana face-off with arch-rivals, Power Dynamos.
He said private vehicles would also not be allowed near the stadium and advised the fans to find alternative parking spaces elsewhere.
FAZ wants all 52 exit points at the picturesque stadium to be clear of any obstacle and that in case of an emergency, the more than 40,000
spectators need to be evacuated within 15 minutes in an orderly manner.
Mwamelo, who was flanked by treasurer, Kelvin Mutafu at the stadium,said FAZ wanted to ensure a violence-free atmosphere and that any
items which could dilute the enjoyment of football would not be tolerated at the stadium.
The FAZ vice-president appealed to the fans to cooperate with the match organising team which would be screening for tickets and that
alcohol and some offensive objects would not be permitted at the stadium.
Mwamelo said many volunteers had come on board to assist with fire emergency procedures and implementation of tight security measures.
He said the rehearsals would continue this week for the double-header and that they would be a joint meeting involving FAZ match organisers,
representatives from the four clubs and the a steering committee from the ministry of Youth and Sport.
Mwamelo said FAZ was grateful to the Government for taking up the costs of the mock session on May 19.
He added that FAZ would do an assessment after this weekend’s dress-rehearsal on all aspects of match organisation and other areas
in readiness for Zambia’s 2014 World Cup qualifier against Ghana on June 9 in Ndola.