Friday night’s big Copperbelt derby showdown at Levy Mwanawasa in Ndola between hosts Zesco United and visitors Nkana was abandoned due to crowd trouble.
Two legitimate decisions by referee Wiseman Musako in the last eleven minutes raised dust in the Levy stands with Zesco and Nkana in a dead-heat at 1-1 after Ronald Kampamba put the away side ahead in the 44th minute and Lazarus Kambole equalized for the hosts in the 64th minute.
Eagle-eyed Musako’s first call came in the 79th minute when he yellow carded Nkana striker Idris Mbombo.
Mbombo was correctly cautioned for simulation after he dived when Zesco goalkeeper Jacob Banda beat him the ball and made no contact with his ex-teammate who conjured a phantom foul.
That decision didn’t go down well with the Nkana fans who rained the Levy pitch with beer glass bottles.
Musako halted proceedings for four minutes but play later resumed in the 85th minute when the dust settled after the glass was cleared plus consultations made.
However, a minute before full-time, Musako handed Nkana a justified penalty.
This is after Zesco defender Marcel Kalonda deliberately handled the ball in an aerial duel under pressure from man-of-the-moment Mbombo who could not just elude headlining the night’s drama.
Zesco players cried injustice while their supporters took some unsavoury inspiration off the Nkana fans and bombarded their own pitch with their own stock of beer bottles and action again was paused.
An air of uncertainty then swept through a smouldering but freezing Levy Stadium atmosphere for over ten minutes.
Musako then decided to call off the match to defuse any potential fall-out had play continued, and the spot-kick converted against a Zesco side who were on the verge of losing their 13 match unbeaten run.
FAZ will now decided the final verdict of this derby drama through its disciplinary committee.