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Sikazwe gets Simba , Mazembe tie as the Tanzanian club protest his appointment

The Confederation of African Football (CAF), have appointed Zambian referees for the second leg of the CAG Champions League quarter final second leg tie between Tanzanian giants Simba SC and DR Congo giants TP Mazembe in Lubambashi.

Top FIFA referee Janny Sikazwe has been named as the centre referee replacing Ethiopian referee Bamlak Tessema, Berhe Tesfagiorgis O’Michael of Eritrea AHS been named as the first assistant replacing another Ethiopian referee Temeagin Samuel Atango

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Romeo Kasengele and Audrick Nkhole of Zambia have been named as second assistant and fourth official respectively replacing Kenyan duo of Gilbert Kipkoech Cheruiyot and Peter Waweru.

However the decision has raised some eyebrows with a number people asking for an explanation as to why the Continental football governing body has decided to make this decision.

Simba CEO Creacentius John Magori has officially written to The Tanzanian FA to complain to CAF on their behalf for this change to be reversed as they feel the decision as been done abruptly.

“I’m writing with regards to the subject heading. Earlier this morning we have received a letter from CAF informing us of the change of referees ‘due to technical reasons’ for the return leg of our quarter final match with TP Mazembe in Lubumbashi (please find attached the letter). This is unprecedented for CAF to change referees after the first leg match has been played for unknown ‘technical reasons.”

 

 

 

“We humbly request your esteemed office to timely intervene in this matter to ensure that the referees earlier appointed are reinstated to ensure a fair game. This abrupt change calls for a lot of speculation considering that the newly appointed referees are predominantly from the neighboring country (Zambia), Bordering the Democratic republic of Congo (DRC);which is a driving distance to Lubumbashi. This is a major cause for concern for us.”

Simba and Mazembe played out to a goalless draw in Dar es Salaam last Saturday and will face off in a second leg in Lubumbashi on Saturday.

Away from the officials on the pitch it will again be a Zambian affair. In the first leg, Clatous Chota Chama put in a 55 minute for Simba . Rainford Kalaba put in a 57 minute shift , Nathan Sinakala was a second half substitute while Kabaso Chongo put in a full shift for the DR Congo giants.

 



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4 Comments to Sikazwe gets Simba , Mazembe tie as the Tanzanian club protest his appointment

  1. Nostra says:

    CAF is testing Sikazwe. As long as he keeps the whistle in pocket,then all and good. Like last friendly Morocco vs Brazil, too many whistles. Sikazwe is scared of CAF after that suspension.
    Understanble by Simba concerns, but should remember that Simba has Zambian fan base for a long time, from Patrick Phiri time. Now with Cletus Chama there it is 50/50 with Mazembe.

  2. Kasama Boy says:

    This is rubbish from the Swahili’s of Tanzania, they complain that,

    “the newly appointed referees are predominantly from the neighboring country (Zambia), Bordering the Democratic republic of Congo (DRC);which is a driving distance to Lubumbashi. This is a major cause for concern for us.”

    Isn’t Dar es Salaam within driving distance from Zambia? Most of us have driven there to collect cars from their thieving Port.

    Most of the neighbouring countries are trying to PhD Sikazwe, seeing that he has even started officiating at World Cups. Leave the young man alone.

    How can you cry before even kicking the ball? Kuya chaya fye bola.

    • Anonymous says:

      you are talking sheet we are not friends of zambia dont try to comvince us .matako wewe kuma mamako iam from arusha town.get it.

  3. Sibs says:

    I honestly don’t understand why Simba is complaining that the Ref is from a neighbouring country of DRC. Tanzania and Zambia are no longer neighbours then? These are mind games and i feel Simba is scared. May the best team win though.

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