FOOTBALL House has warned that Power Dynamos and MUZA, Zambia’s representatives in the Champions League and the Confederation Cup, run the risk of playing their continental games away from home if they do not upgrade their respective stadiums.
Power will hoist Zambia’s flag in the Champions League after winning the Super League, while runners-up MUZA will play in the Confederation Cup.
However, Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) president Andrew Kamanga has hinted that the pair could play home matches away from their home venues if they fail to upgrade the arenas.
Power play their home games at Arthur Davies Stadium, while MUZA are stationed at Mazabuka’s Nakambala Stadium. However, it appears that both venues do not meet CAF standards.
“There is a great risk of our two continental envoys playing their matches outside the country if the stadia earmarked to host their matches are not worked on.
“The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has already banned National Heroes Stadium from hosting international matches, while Levy Mwanawasa Stadium will have to be worked on after hosting the June 17 Africa Cup of Nations match between Zambia and Ivory Coast.
“CAF has provided a checklist of what needs to be worked on to revamp the infrastructure, with the turfs at the two stadia top of the list. Although we do not own these facilities, we will engage the authorities to ensure that a national solution is found,” Kamanga wrote in his Monday column, dubbed the President’s Corner.
Meanwhile, Kamanga said FAZ is ready to assist the two teams with the services of Chipolopolo coach Avram Grant when they prepare for their continental games.
“We have extended the gesture to them of seeking the expertise of Chipolopolo coach Avram Grant and his team of experts, should they require it. Ultimately, this is something that can only be availed if required,” Kamanga said.
(Mwebantu, Monday, 5th June, 2023)
Woman allegedly kills husband over affair, police say
Mob burn two suspected cattle rustlers to death
A MOB has burnt to death two people whom they suspected of stealing 10 cattle in Mulimba village of Shibuyunji.
Police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga said the incident happened when villagers spotted a truck loaded with cattle which they suspected to have been stolen, with four suspects on board.
He said immediately the suspected rustlers noticed the group of people they decided to run away from the scene abandoning the vehicle.
Mr Hamoonga said two suspects were caught in the process and burnt to death.
He said two survivors both of Chilanda Village namely Ernest Siziba aged 43, the owner of the Volvo truck registration number CAA 5837 and Isaac Paraza aged 28 a driver for the truck are in police custody.
Mr Hamoonga has however expressed concern about the incident stating that mob justice is not only illegal but also poses serious risks to the safety and well-being of residents
“The Zambia Police Service is deeply concerned about the recent incident of mob justice that has occurred in Mulimba Village of Shibuyunji District where two persons have been burnt to death on allegations of cattle rustling. Brief facts of this matter are that Police received a report of suspected murder in which two people named Remy Mwiinga aged 45 and Benny Ngwiliza aged 29 were murdered by a mob in Mulimba village,” he said.
He said mob justice not only violates the principles of due process but can also lead to innocent people being wrongly accused and harmed.
“We urge residents of Mulimba Village and the general public to refrain from engaging in mob justice and instead report suspected criminal activities to the nearest Police station or other relevant law enforcement agencies,” he said.
(Mwebantu, Monday, 2nd October, 2023)
Fourteen year old boy die at the hands of his stepfather
A FOURTEEN year old boy of Mufulira has died at the hands of his step father who hit him with an axe handle on his head after a misunderstanding.
Owen Mumba died yesterday around 19:00 hours from injuries that were inflicted by his step father Benson Mwansa 43.
The suspect is in police custody following the death of his step-son.
According to the police the two had a sour relationship because Mr Mwansa did not want to stay with his step son.
Copperbelt Province Commanding Officer Peacewell Mweemba said on the Monday morning Owen’s mother Mirriam Chisenga
went to church leaving the boy under the care of his step father.
Mr Mweemba said while Mirriam was away the two had an altercation leading to Owen’s death.
“Mr Mwansa and Owen’s mother have been married for 13 years . The relationship between Owen and his step father was antagonistic as the stepfather never wanted his step son. Yesterday Owen’s mother went to church and left her son with his step father and another son later there was an altercation between Mr Mwansa and Owen prompting the step father to hit the deceased with an axe handle on the head,” said Mr Mweemba.
He said the Owen was rushed to Ronald Ross Hospital but was referred to Kitwe Teaching Hospital (KTH) where he died around 19:00 hours.
(Mwebantu, Monday, 2nd October, 2023)