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CAF Suspends Zambian Referee Sikazwe


Confederation of African Football(CAF) has slapped a ban on FIFA certified referee Janny Sikazwe.

According to a letter from CAF addressed to the General Secretary of Football Association of Zambia (FAZ), Mr. Adrian Kashala, the aforementioned referee has been provisionally suspended.

Zikazwe is punished for his poor performance in the CAF Champions League clash between Esperance de Tunis and Angolan outfit Club Desportivo 1 de Agosto

“After having thoroughly checked the elements presented to them regarding the violation by Mr. Janny Sikazwe of CAF Regulations in particular Article 82, 136 and 152 of the CAF disciplinary code;”

” The Chairman of the CAF disciplinary board decides that there is ground to hold a hearing regarding corruption made against Mr.Sikazwe. ”
” Mr. Janny Sikazwe is provisionally suspended from all football related matters pending a hearing before the CAF disciplinary board. ” Reads the statement.

Eseprance won the return leg played at Rades stadium in Tunusi 4-2 to advance to the final on a 4-3 aggregate before eventually defeating Al Ahly in the final.

The Tunusian outfit scored their first goal from the penalty spot, before Agosto had a goal disallowed later on.


Esperance’s winning goal came as scorer Anice Badri appeared to have had infringed an Agosto defender attempting to clear the ball.

Agosto”s coach Manojlovic said, “That was a shame” Manojlovic as quoted as by Jornal de Angola before adding

“African football will continue to lag behind the European, South American and Asian (continents). It is not understood how a team can score three goals away from home and is eliminated.”

Arriving in Rades carrying a 1-0 lead from the first leg played three weeks earlier in Luanda, Agosto started the match well by taking the lead through Geraldo.

But the momentum changed when Sikazwe pointed to the spot after Agosto defender Jose Macaia was adjudged to have fouled Maohamed Belaili inside the penalty box.

When the scoreline was at 3-2, Agosto thought they had grabbed a third away goal but Ungenda had the goal disallowed after Mingo Bille was ruled to have pushed Esperance goalkeeper Rami Jridi.

The Angolan’s dissatisfaction with the referee got worse when Esperance delivered the final blow with Badri scoring the fourth goal after what appeared to have been an infringement on his marker who attempted to clear the ball.

Who is Janny Sikazwe

Janny Sikazwe (born 26 May 1979) is a Zambian international football referee. He got his big break in 2008 at COSAFA U20 in South Africa when he was called to replace another referee who had failed a fitness test and his journey to becoming one of Africa’s best began. He is known for allowing games to flow without stoppages and many yellow cards.

He was one of the referees for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations. He refereed the 2016 FIFA Club World Cup Final in Japan, and the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Final in Gabon.

Sikazwe was selected to officiate at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, and made his debut in the Belgium vs Panama Group G game on 18 June.

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