By KALUMIANA KALUMIANA –
KITWE Playing Fields (KPF) have denied allegations by Chibuluma that they used an ineligible player in last Saturday’s 2015 Knockout Cup 45-7 home win over Mufulira to reach the quarter finals.
But the Zambia Rugby Union (ZRU) has postponed the match involving KPF and Green Buffaloes until the issue, along with that of another player status complaint against ‘Men At Work’ Diggers, were resolved.
Club treasurer Jeremiah Manda said in an interview in Kitwe yesterday that Chibuluma’s claims were baseless.
“The player in question Patson Kasonde was a Chibuluma player but left Chibuluma two month ago. He handed in his resignation letter which was received by Chibuluma coach Rabby Simukoko who read the letter in question to the players and to those who were present on the day,” Manda said.
Manda added that Kasonde had prior to the Knockout Cup played in the Ndola 7’s, Heroes 7s and Owen Busange 7s under KPF without any problems.
“ I don’t understand why, today, this issue of the player should arise. To me this is an issue of witch-hunting. They (Chibuluma) should be concentrating on reviving the club not talking about the player,” he said.
KPF were prior to the ZRU disciplinary case due to play Buffaloes away in Lusaka tomorrow.