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Zambian Center Referee Janny Sikazwe

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Zambia ref Janny Sikazwe
Zambia ref Janny Sikazwe

After a controversial match of Tunisia vs Mali in ongoing Afcon yesterday, many are asking who is Janny Sikazwe?

Janny Sikazwe is a center football referee from Zambia. He’s born on 26th May 1979 and is among the most senior referees in Africa. He has been an International football referee since 2007.

However, he has a lot of experience in the game and has taken charge of a number of high-profile games in different competitions, both at the international and club levels.

Janny has managed several matches in different tournaments. They include; FIFA World Cup, African Cup of Nations, FIFA Club World Cup and CAF Champions League.

Zambian ref Janny Sikazwe
Zambian ref Janny Sikazwe

On the other hand, his carrier breakthrough as a referee began on 2008 when he replaced one who had fallen ill at a CAF under 20 Championship. Since then he has never looked back.

Sikazwe is a Trained teacher

Furthermore, Sikazwe a trained teacher made his debut at 2015 African Cup of Nations as a referee. He went on to officiate the 2016 Club World Cup final between Real Madrid and Kashima Antlers and the 2017 African Cup of Nations Final between Cameroon and Egypt.

In 2018 World Cup, he went on to officiate two World Cup group games; Belgium vs Panama and Japan vs Poland becoming the first-ever Zambian referee to do so in a World Cup.

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Nevertheless, in 2018 CAF Champions league game between Esperance and Primiero Agosto got him suspended due to corruption allegation. The suspension got lifted on January 2019 after being cleared in a disciplinary hearing.

On 12th January 2022, Sikazwe found himself in the middle of a controversy at Afcon 2021, when he twice blew the whistle for full time before 90minutes was over.

Meanwhile, the game in controversy is between Tunisia vs Mali at Afcon 2021.

He blew the whistle for full time at 85th minute, five minutes before regulation time, then once more just before 90minutes. Prompting disbelief and anger from Tunisian team, who were trailing 1-0 and killing any hopes for a comeback.

A post-match press conference interrupted as CAF order the resumption of the game, with the referee changed for the final three minutes.

Mali players returned to the field but Tunisia never showed up and the results stand.

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