Zambia to Investigate Alleged Assault of Ghana Players

on June 11 2012 11:31 AM
Zambia to Investigate Alleged Assault of Ghana Players

The Football Association of Zambia(FAZ) has kick started an investigation into the suspected assault of members of the Black Stars playing body after last Saturday's World Cup Qualifier between Ghana and Zambia in Ndola, Zambia.

Reports after the match did indicate that some members of the Ghana team; Sulley Muntari (AC Milan), Derek Boateng (FC Dnipro) and Ben Acheampong (Kumasi Asante Kotoko) had been manhandled by the Zambian police after the referee's final whistle.

Football was supposed to be the dominant factor in last Saturday's game between Zambia and Ghana but these alleged incidents after the match have taken the shine off of what was supposed to be a classic matchup. But the authorities in Zambia are expected to take steps in order to address the alleged incidents after the match. Speaking on Monday, the spokesperson for the FAZ, Eric Mwanza said his outfit has taken measures to address the matter.

According to Mwanza, 'the Zambian FA have requested for tapes on the match from the national television station and have also implored on any private individual who has a tape covering those incidents to submit it to them.'

He therefore called on those who are pointing accusing fingers to the Zambian Police to hold their fire until the investigations are over. In a related issue, Mwanza declined to comment on the performance of the match officials since he claims it is the policy of the FAZ not to comment on officiating.

"We are happy for winning the game against Ghana and we hope to continue from here and ensure that we qualify for the 2014 World Cup." he added.

Sudan tops the group with four points while Ghana and Zambia share the second spot with three points apiece and Lesotho languishes at the bottom with just a point after day two. The third round of matches will be played on January 22, 2013 with Ghana hosting Sudan and Zambia sorting things out with Lesotho.