CAF fines Power $10,000


CAF has fined MTN Premier Division side, Power Dynamos US$ 10,000 (about KR540,000) for their fans’ unruly behaviour during the 2013 Orange Confederations Cup match against Angola’s Recreativo da Caala in Kitwe last February.
The CAF disciplinary board on Thursday slapped Power with a $10 000 fine over the unruly behaviour by fans who were reported to have thrown missiles on the pitch during the first leg of the preliminary round on February 17, this year where the Zambians beat Recreativo by a slender 1-0 at Arthur Davies Stadium in Kitwe.
Power Dynamos chairperson, Owen Silavwe and Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) communications manager, Erick Mwanza confirmed the development in separate interviews yesterday.
The Zambian representatives were eliminated in the preliminary round by nonentities Recreativo on March 3, this year when they lost 2-0 away in Huambo to bow out of the championship on a 2-1 aggregate score.
Silavwe, who confirmed receiving the letter from CAF yesterday, said the club had a committee which dealt with such issues and would analyse the contents of the letter before issuing a statement.
He said the committee would review the video of the match and ascertain whether what is contained in the letter would match with the video evidence and if it was found to be true, Power would have no choice but to pay the fine.
“I just got the letter this morning and at this moment, we are still analysing it. We have got a committee at the club that will review the video of that match and if it so happens that indeed the incident did happen, then we will have no choice but to pay the fine,” Silavwe said.
Also fined were Zimbabwe’s Dynamos who were slapped with a similar fine for a related offence.
Other clubs that were handed similar charges are Al Ahly of Egypt, WAC of Morocco, AS Vita of Congo, El Merreikh of Sudan and received fines ranging from $5 000 (KR270,000) to $40 000 (about KR2,160,000) for throwing flares from the stands and for other crowd unrest.