ZAMBIA: High Drama in Zambian League Season Finale

ZAMBIA: High Drama in Zambian League Season Finale

Category : Football | Posted on 2020-08-08 By : Kalumiana Kalumiana Image : @FAZFootball

The 2019/2020 Zambia Super Division will be decided on August 9 after some high drama three days earlier when Nkana's coronation was cancelled at the last minute.


The stage was set on August 6 for Nkana's coronation at Arthur Davies Stadium in Kitwe where they had eagerly arrived thirty minutes earlier to  collect  the trophy and witness nearest contenders Napsa Stars losing 1-0 to Forest Rangers in their last game of the season.


However, the stage had to be dismantled when news that Forest's appeal against their loss of points in their un-played July 18 home game against Zanaco was successful had arrived just before the final whistle.


The FAZ Appeals Committee overturned a Disciplinary Committee ruling after Zanaco were awarded three points for the July 18 game that was cancelled hours before kickoff following Forest's eleventh hour disclosure that they had 28 Covid-19 cases in their camp.


FAZ Super Division general manager Brain Mulenga said the coronation had to be delayed because Forest had a chance to be crown champions following the ruling.


"Just before the (Forest vs.  Napsa ) game was ending around the 88th minute, as I was coming down to help supervise  the handing over of the cup, I got a call from the  FAZ register and he told me to stand by for the general secretary of  FAZ,"   Mulenga  said.


"The general secretary told me that he had a verdict in his hands from the FAZ Appeals Committee and that the Appeals Committee overturned the Disciplinary Committees decision to award Zanaco three points against Forest Rangers.


"So they have annulled it, so it is back to zero there, and they have ordered a replay and the replay is going to be played on Sunday at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium at 15h00.


"And so this means because Forest Rangers have a mathematical chance of winning the league, we have to hold on, we want everything settled, we need that sorted out definitively.


"So unfortunately that decision by the Appeals Committee brings in some uncertainty."


Nkana heads into a weekend of uncertainty leading the table on 50 points following their walkover home victory on August 6 against relegated Nakambala Leopards who forfeited the points citing Covid-19 concerns.


Forest are second on 49 points and victory this weekend over sixth placed Zanaco who have 43 points will hand them their debut league title.


Meanwhile, Napsa tumbled from second to fourth, tied on the points 48 points with third placed Green Eagles.


Outgoing champions Zesco United finished fifth on 46 points, denying them a top two finish for the first time since 2012 in which period they have won five league titles and were chasing a fourth successive league victory.