Friday, June 21, 2024

Janny Sikazwe impresses on return to the pitch

Zambian top referee Janny Sikazwe was back to his best on Sunday in Choma during Green Eagles’ 2-0 win over Zambian Super League leaders Red Arrows.

Refereeing his first match since the meltdown during a Group F AFCON tie between Mali and Tunisia, the 43 years old showed no nerves as he went about his job with now fuss.

The crowd at Choma’s Independence Stadium welcome him back to the pitch as one of their own.

Although he should expect a hostile environment once he takes charge of a game in Lusaka or Copperbelt.

The match was incident free save for the blunders by Arrows’ goalkeepers Charles Kalumba which gifted Eagles both goals.

This was the first match the highly rated Zambian handle after he suffered after the storm at the African Cup of Nations last month.

Sikazwe blew full-time prematurely twice in Maliā€™s 1-0 win over Tunisia.

The Zambian official blew the final whistle after just 85 minutes before restarting play, but then blew again with just 89 minutes and 43 seconds of the Group F clash gone.

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