Who is Janny Sikazwe

The referee was born on May 26, 1979, in Kapiri Mposhi, a city three hours north of Lusaka, the Zambian capital.

A teacher by training, Sikazwe became a FIFA-badged referee in 2007. His big break came in 2008 when he replaced an official who had failed a fitness test at a CAF Under-20 championship.

From then on, the career of the Zambian hitched a trajectory and he would eventually become one of the most senior officials on the continent with a wealth of experience from big matches.

After performing well at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, Sikazwe got the nod to officiate the 2016 Club World Cup final, followed by the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations final between Cameroon and Egypt.

Sikazwe was named among the six African referees at the Russia 2018 World Cup.

Sikazwe handled two games in the World Cup Belgium vs Panama and Japan vs Poland.

In November 2018, Sikazwe was provisionally suspended by CAF’s disciplinary board on suspicion of corruption after he handled an African Champions League match between Esperance of Tunisia and Primiero Agosto of Angola.

The game, which ended 4-2 in favour of Esperance, had Sikazwe award a controversial penalty for the Tunisian club’s opening goal before ruling out an Agosto goal for a perceived foul on the Esperance goalkeeper.

After complaints were filed to CAF, the body clamped down on the referee and restricted him from participating in any football-related activities pending the duration of the investigation.

“The chairman of the Caf Disciplinary Board decides that there is good ground to hold a hearing regarding allegations of corruption made against Mr Janny Sikazwe,” the ruling had read.

Who is Janny Sikazwe

“Mr Janny Sikazwe is provisionally suspended from all football activities related to Caf pending a hearing before Caf Disciplinary Board.”

The suspension was, however, lifted by FIFA in January 2019, saying there was no sufficient evidence to substantiate the corruption allegations made against Sikazwe.