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Last Updated: Monday, 5 September 2005, 07:56 GMT 08:56 UK
Zambian fans go on the rampage
A burnt out car
Zambian fans attacked cars owned by Senegalese residents
Angry fans went on the rampage and destroyed a mosque belonging to Senegalese residents in Kitwe following Zambia's 1-0 defeat in a World Cup qualifier on Saturday.

The rioters also burnt down several cars after El Hadji Diouf's goal gave Senegal three precious points and ruined Zambia's own hopes of making it to next year's finals in Germany.

Kitwe, a mining town situated about 400km north of the capital, Lusaka, has a sizeable population of Senegalese who are mainly involved in small-scale mining.

The riots started in Chililabombwe, a small mining town where the match was played, but the looting spread further to other parts of the province.

"There's no connection between football and religion. I'm surprised that we've been treated like this," said Ramadan Kayombo, one of the Senegalese citizens resident in Kitwe.

"Zambians are telling us to leave just because Senegal won the game. They're actually chasing us from this compound.

"As Muslims, we don't fear them because our religion has nothing to do with football," Ramadan added.

Several eye witnesses told the BBC Sport that prayers at the mosque where disrupted as worshippers ran for their lives.

Despite making more than 30 arrests, police would not comment on the matter but the Zambian government has strongly condemned the behaviour of the fans.

"That is totally unZambian, barbaric and alien to this country. People must learn to accept defeat," said Sports Minister George Chulumanda.

He went on: "This appears to have been pre-determined because the rioting happened 90 kilometres from where the game was actually played.

Although Zambia have all but disappeared from the World Cup frame, Kalusha Bwalya's side has qualified for the 2006 African Cup of Nations finals to be held in Egypt.


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