Nchanga Rangers were relegated from the MTN FAZ Super League on Monday by the Disciplinary Committee of the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) after four of their officials were found guilty of attempting to corrupt a match official before a league match with Nkwazi Football Club on 29th October, 2016.
Elijah Mugala, Matyola Haanyama, Patrick Nkhata and Shadrick Chalenga were reported to have offered, promised and granted cash to a referee, inviting him to violate FAZ Rules and Regulations in order to unjustifiably advantage Nchanga Rangers in a league match against Nkwazi which Nchanga Rangers later lost 2-1 on the material day.
The quartet who did not attend the hearing chaired by Mr Joseph Jalese at Football House on Saturday, 5th November 2016 were charged K5000 each for failing to appear before the Disciplinary Committee and were banned for life from performing any football activities and entering any stadium.
Nchanga Rangers in 14th position with 36 points from 31 matches will fulfill their remaining fixtures in the 2016 MTN FAZ Super League. They have the right to appeal to the FAZ Appeals Committee.
In two other separate decisions, the Disciplinary Committee awarded three points via 3-0 score lines to Mufulra Wanderers and Green Eagles for Week 29 league matches which were abandoned against Power Dynamos and Mufulira Blackpool respectively.
Power Dynamos were further fined K10,000.00 and accrued 150 points for causing the match to be abandoned and were directed to meet medical expenses for the assistant referee Lewis Mumba who was hit with a bottle on his left hand which made him fail to perform his duties.
Mufulira Blackpool were fined K5000.00 for causing the match to be abandoned and accrued 150 penalty points. Their Vice Chairman Mr Kapindula was fined K5000.00 in addition to being suspended for a period of one year during which he will not perform any football activities nor enter any stadium.
Mufulira Blackpool were also fined K5000.00 for failing to attend the Disciplinary Committee hearing.
They were further directed to refund Green Eagles the sum of K7000.00 which they paid to a lodge in Ndola after they were forced to flee Mufulira under Police escort when they had already paid for accommodation to lodge in Mufulira for night after the game.
The Committee resolved that the damages caused to the vehicle of referee by the supporters must be paid by Mufulira Blackpool Football Club.
And a spectator only identified as Derrick was given a fine of K5000 and was suspended from performing any football activities and entering any stadium for one year.