Soccer fans in Ndola have charged that they will continue to boycott group B AFCON under-20 matches being played at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium because the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has decided that the Zambian team should play all its three group matches in Lusaka.
ZANIS sports reports from Ndola today that following yesterday’s poor turnout at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium, the fans charged that unless FAZ changes its strategy and gives the Copperbelt based fans one Zambian game at the Levy Mwanawasa stadium, the stadium will not be filled to Capacity during this Total AFCON Under-20 tournament.
“What we are saying is that give us one game involving Zambia or else the terraces will keep being empty. There is no way all the three group stage games involving Zambia should be played in Lusaka, even Ndola is Zambia, we are also hosting the AFCON Under-20 ” said Moses Kambole.
Another irate fan from Chifubu Township, Arnold Mwila explained that the empty terraces in yesterday’s group B opening matches are a sign of boycott by the soccer loving fans on the Copperbelt Province to the Andrew Kamanga led FAZ executive for allegedly not being fair.
“If it was Kalusha Bwalya, he could have given Copperbelt to host one match involving Zambia, but this Kamanga is not considerate. Copperbelt is the power house of football.
“ We shall also show him that we are not happy, the stadium will always be empty. It’s not about the charges, infact K10. 00 is too cheap. It’s a boycott. We will be watching ( games ) from bars,” he said.
The fans have further charged that should Zambia go through to the finals which will be held at Heroes stadium in Lusaka, they will travel in numbers and FAZ should workout modalities of how they will get into the stadium.
Crispin Mwala of Main Masala Township explained that FAZ should spare some space for Copperbelt fans in Heroes stadium so that they also cheer their team.
“We know that Zambia will go through to the finals, so we shall all travel to Lusaka to watch the finals, because we are all Zambians and the final is set for Lusaka so Kamanga must make way for us to enter the stadium, even if it means we shall stand all throughout the game, otherwise we are going,” Mwala emphasized.
Yesterday only a handful of supporters were present at Levy Mwanawasa to witness the opening match of group B.
Group B, comprising Cameroon, Senegal, South Africa and Sudan games are being played in Ndola while group A which has hosts Zambia, Egypt, Mali and Guinea are based in Lusaka.