Janny Sikazwe

A good reputation was put on the line on the 20 of November 2018.

Sikazwe got provisionally sanctioned by members of the CAF disciplinary board, on suspicion of corruption following the way he handled a CAF champions league match which Esperance de Tunis won 4-2 in the Semi -Finals second leg over C.D primeiro de Agosto.

Less than two weeks ago CAF uplifted his suspension and have now assigned  Sikazwe would handle the Mamelodi Sundowns game against Lobi Stars in the CAFCL this Saturday, in Pretoria, South Africa.

The group A clash is so crucial that a win for Mamelodi will see them guarantee qualification for the CAF Champions League quarter final while a win for Lobi with a huge goal margin can lift them off the bottom of the group to the second spot.

Thinking of Janny Sikazwe, is thinking of a man holding the whistle in style with super supremacy, controlling from left to right almost using his whistle as his mouth piece, on the pitch.

The 39-year-old Zambian remains the only native from that nation to have officiated a world cup game. He was in control of the game pitting Belgium versus Panama, and Japan against Poland.

The Zambian sprung-up after coming through the ranks in a weird way; he showed up in the 2008 COSAFA under 20 in SA to replace another referee deemed not to fit.

Sikazwe has quite an enviable C.V, with the 2015 AFCON, 2016 FIFA club world cup final in Japan, 2017 Cup of nation’s final in Gabon.

The young referee definitely made his mark in the 2018 FIFA world cup, as he took charge of 2 games almost without blemish.

The decision to bring him back to the field simply adds one good professional in the field for Africa and the world of Football.

Giovanni Wanneh.