Pirates Robbed

Satish Sekar
By Satish Sekar May 9, 2019 21:00

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Pirates Robbed

By Satish Sekar © Satish Sekar (May 8th 2019)

Toys and Prams

Stephen Mwanza headed in the only goal of an average match in the 6th minute. It came alive for the wrong reasons in the second half. Francis Mulenga skied his penalty over five minutes into the second half. The other talking point was Nyirenda’s second yellow card and petulant antics as he walked off, but Nyirenda’s conduct paled in comparison to that of his coach who attempted to exploit the situation to the benefit of New Monze Swallows.

Trailing 1-0 to Livingstone Pirates with 7 minutes remaining Nyirenda’s second yellow card sparked unsavoury scenes. The player wearing the number 12 jersey for Swallows walked gingerly from the field, throwing water at the Pirates’ bench and getting into an altercation with security police.

Gamesmanship

The Swallows coach saw his chance. He refused to allow his players to continue, claiming it was unsafe. Referee, Stanley Siankupi ordered the ground cleared of spectators, but to no avail – the match would be abandoned. The coach was ordered from the pitch, but refused to leave, preventing the match from continuing.

Eventually, the referee had no choice but to abandon the match. Coming hot on the heels of Nakambala’s attempt to steal a victory they did not deserve from Kabwe Warriors – the Warriors were winning 2-0 when the match was abandoned – the latest antics in Livingstone suggest there is an issue that must be dealt with.

Kabwe Warriors and Zambia legend, Edward Musonda, watched in disbelief as the match was abandoned. “The match should have been completed,” Musonda said.

“The coach should have made it clear that they were playing under protest, but it should have been finished.”

Laughing Stock

Pirates coach, Bupe Chewe, called on FAZ to take strong action. “I hope the referee is strong in his report,” he said.
Chewe called on FAZ to take action, including deducting points from teams that refuse to complete matches. He was disappointed in Sichoonga’s actions.

Chewe pointed out that there were seven minutes left. New Monze Swallows might have equalised, or even got a winner, but the Swallows’ coach preferred to try to take advantage of the situation to get a result off the pitch.

“FAZ must stamp this out,” Musonda a former Vice-Chairman of Pirates said. “Such behaviour brings the game into disrepute and makes Zambian football a laughing stock. I hope FAZ punish that coach and his team as severely as they can.”

Satish Sekar
By Satish Sekar May 9, 2019 21:00