The Football Association of Zambia -FAZ- says its decision not to appeal to FIFA against match officials in Saturday’s World Cup qualifier against Nigeria has been guided by the provisions of the FIFA Statutes.
FAZ Communications Manager Desmond Katongo says FIFA status stipulates that the referee’s decision cannot be overturned unless there is clear evidence of external influence.
He has told ZNBC News in a media statement that FIFA regulations clearly state that the referee’s decision is final.
Katongo says FIFA is obliged to overturn the decision if it is discovered that there was external match manipulation that could have influenced the referee’s decision not to allow the goal.
He said FAZ risks being fined for filling a complaint without providing sufficient evidence that the game was externally manipulated.
Katongo says FAZ is mindful of comparisons drawn between the South Africa and Senegal case with the match Zambia played against Nigeria, but noted that the replay for the former was ordered due to evidence of match manipulation related to betting.
Monday, FAZ president Andrew Kamanga announced that the association will not appeal to FIFA against match official’s decision for wrongly cancelling out Augustine Mulenga’s goal in Saturday’s World cup qualifier against Nigeria.