The Zambia Police Service has cautioned all soccer fans attending the football match taking place on November 17, 2023 at Levy Mwanawansa Stadium to refrain from wearing any form of political regalia.
Police Spokesperson, Rae Hamoonga, said the soccer fans should also avoid displaying political symbols during the event.
Hamoonga made the public advisory on Thursday in Lusaka for the upcoming football match in Ndola through a request to all soccer fans attending the game.
He said the match was scheduled to take place tomorrow, November 17, 2023 at Levy Mwanawasa and we anticipate an enthusiastic turnout from passionate soccer supporters.
“It is important to note that this football match is a sporting event aimed at fostering a sense of unity, entertainment, and healthy competition,” Hamoonga noted.
He emphasized that the primary objective of this advisory was to maintain a peaceful and enjoyable atmosphere for all spectators, irrespective of their political affiliations.
Hamoonga said wearing political regalia to a non-political event had the potential to create unnecessary tensions and detract from the positive spirit of sportsmanship that sports aim to promote.
“We understand and respect the right to express one’s political beliefs; however, we emphasize the need for a focused and harmonious environment during the football match,” he stated.
Hamoonga added that officers will be on-site to ensure the safety and security of all attendees, and they will be vigilant in enforcing this advisory.
“We appreciate the cooperation of all soccer fans in adhering to this request, as it will contribute to a successful and incident-free event,” he said.
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