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Zambian referee Janny Sikazwe suspended by CAF

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Renowned Zambian referee has been officially suspended by the Confederation of African Football () as he faces corruption charges over his officiating in the second leg of the Champions League semifinal between Esperance de Tunis and Primeiro de Agosto of Angola.

Sikazwe was the referee of the game that saw Esperance, who later on became the Champions League champions, overcome the Angolan side with a 4-2 home victory to reach the final with the aggregation of the two legs’ results.

The game however witnessed two dubious calls that majorly influenced the tie when he awarded the Blood and Gold’s a debatable penalty and ruled out a legitimate goal for Primeiro de Agosto.

CAF Disciplinary Board have pointed out that there is a corruption suspicion that led Sikazwe to direct the game in such a poor manner. The Zambian referee will be suspended from officiating any game until he responds to these allegations, while simultaneously having the option to appeal the decision.

Sikazwe was one of the prominent African referees who were entrusted to officiate in the previous edition of the World Cup in Russia.

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3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Willy Piassa

    November 20, 2018 at 6:45 PM

    I hope is banned from officiating. What he did against D’Agosto was a shameful robbery. I cannot believe that he could have the courage of ruling out such a clean goal against the Angolan team.

  2. Slim

    November 20, 2018 at 10:24 PM

    I’m not ahly fan but if corruption are proven, Esperance must be fallen of his title.

  3. Shoko

    November 21, 2018 at 2:01 PM

    As an Esperance Fan I confirm that this refree has doubtful decisions:
    1- First goal Of Premiero is a clear offside: Gilberto was an hiding the ball from the GK as he was the last player.
    2- The refreee should give a 2nd yellow card to the defender ( as the penlaty was so obvious in the replay.
    3- 3rd goal for Premiero was clear.

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