“It’s All Lies, I Didn’t Insult Ethiopian Referee”, says Kambwili
Sports minister Chishimba Kambwili has denied calling Ethiopian referee Tessema Weseya “stupid” and has threatened to sue The Post and Times of Zambia for publishing his post match tantrums after Nkana defeated Etoile du Sahel 4-3 in CAF Confederations Cup Group B match on Saturday.
Kambwili invaded the pitch in Kitwe to protest two dubious penalties awarded to the visitors and alleged called the match official stupid lecturing him how to officiate matches.
The ministers’ behaviour fueled confusion at the stadium with Nkana fans joining in the drama and hurled insults at the official whom they also drenched in liquid suspected to be alcoholic beverages.
On Sunday morning, Kambwili held a press briefing in Luanshya issuing a 48 hour ultimatum to journalists that covered the match failure to which he will take legal action.
Kambwili said at no point did he call the Ethiopian referee stupid.
The Sports Minister has also threatened to sue Abigail Chaponda (The Post) and Kalumiana Kalumiana (freelancer) in their individual capacity for articles related to his behaviour after the match.
“I am extremely disappointed with this kind of reporting, some reporters want to destroy me but I can tell you that am clean because what has been reported is excellent lie, you can even ask the ref he would be shocked to hear that I said he is stupid,” Kambwili said.
“I told him that I was disappointed in the manner he handled the game, such refereeing is what is destroying African football.”
He said he will write to CAF and FIFA to get a video and review the game which he said was poorly officiated.
Kambwili has also asked Nkana football Club to lodge in an official complaint to CAF and FIFA adding that the referee gave away two unjustifiable penalties.
He alleged that from the beginning of the game it was clear that the referee wanted the Tunisian side to win.
Nkana’s win pushed the Kitwe side into third place of Group B on 4 points while Ah-Ahly, who is their next opponent at home, maintain first slot after defeating Sewe Sport of Ivory Coast 1-0 on eight points with Etoile du Sahel in second spot on five points.
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