Wednesday Jun 23, 2021. 10:30
FAZ has handed second tier side Kashikishi Warriors a provisional ban after a group of the clubs’ supporters assaulted a referee who was left unconscious on June 20 in their home league game against Trident FC.
Kashikishi fans descended on referee Joseph Nyirenda after he had upheld Trident’s second half equalizer that was assumed to have been scored from an offside position.
The match was abandoned at 1-1 after an unconscious Nyirenda was rushed to a health centre for medical attention.
FAZ general secretary Adrian Kashala said the incident was under investigation and that it bordered on a criminal act.
“The gravity of the matter has warranted immediate action whilst the full disciplinary process has been invoked. In the interim, Kashikishi Warriors has been suspended from all football activities. We are suspending participation of all registered officials of Kashikishi Warriors from taking part in any football activity until further notice,” Kashala said.
Nyirenda is out of danger and was discharged on June 21 and has since returned to his base in Mufulira.
Meanwhile, the match was Kashikishi’s penultimate game of the season and had no bearing on their league fortunes following their relegation to the third tier after just one term in the FAZ National Division One.
Kashikishi are second from bottom at number 17 with 19 points while Trident are 12th on 39 points and survived demotion.