Zambian referee Jan Sikazwe to officiate at 2018 World Cup – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

Referee Janny Sikazwe during the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers football match between South Africa and Senegal at Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane on 10 November 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Nov 22, 2017. 15:00

Zambian international referee Jan Sikazwe will hoist the country’s flag at the 2018 FIFA World Cup as he will form part of the officials.

A list revealing referees at the global tournament has included Sikazwe who is among 36 officials listed to officiate at the World Cup.

ZambianFootball reports that Sikazwe and Gambian Bakary Papa Gassama are part of the six men coming from the Confederation of African Football list of referees.


In recent times, Sikazwe has been touted as one of the best referees in Zambia and in the African continent at the moment.

The man from Kapiri officiated last year’s Club World Cup final involving Spanish giants Real Madrid which is one of the biggest matches the Zambian has been in charge of.

Among other matches and tournaments he officiated at is 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers replay between Senegal and South Africa as well as the 2017 U20 FIFA World Cup in South Korea.

Algeria’s Mehdi Abid Charef, Malang Diedhiou of Senegal, Gambia’s Gassama and Weyesa Bmlak are also some of the officials in the list.

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Referee explains why he gave a penalty in the Nigeria versus Algeria World Cup qualifier clash – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Nov 13, 2017. 14:30

After handing the Algerians a penalty against Nigeria in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier on Friday, Gabonese referee Eric Otogo-Castane has explained his decision.

Although it was seen as a controversial penalty, Otogo-Castane says he was guided by the new laws of the game as defender Abdullahi Shehu was adjudged to have fouled Yacine Brahaimi in the box.

The Super Eagles claimed a point as they scored through John Ogu, but the replays suggest that Shehu didn’t do much to warrant a penalty being awarded.


”Expectedly, we asked questions after the game and the referee explained to us that the decision was taken based on a newly introduced law into the game, which allows for intention to be punished”, the NFF board member told

”He interpreted Shehu’s intention to impede the man, who stayed on his feet instead of going down from the tackle. ‎

“The fact that the Algerian attacker Brahaimi didn’t go down is what made the decision to look like the wrong call according to him.

”Let’s be frank he did his best considering the atmosphere he was under and especially after turning down numerous attempt by the Algerians to con him into giving them a penalty.

”Maybe Brahaimi should have been sent off before the incident which lead to the goal, but I guess he didn’t want to lose grip of the match, which a red card to the Algerian captain would have triggered.

“It’s called game management and we understand his explanation.“

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Honor Janza explains why he called referee ‘stupid’ – 2017 FAZ Super League

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Oct 19, 2017. 15:00

In the wake of a 1-0 loss at the hands of Zesco United, Red Arrows mentor Honor Janza has labelled referee Leonard Akapelwa as stupid.

The former Chipolopolo coach has lamented the referee’s stunts after he was shown a red card in an altercation with the whistle man.

Akapelwa apparently went to the Red Arrows bench to show them objects that were thrown on the pitch by suspected Red Arrows fans.

The action was seen as provocation by Janza and his technical bench leading to a serious argument after which the former Chipolopolo coach was given his matching orders.


“This is why am saying when you are an amateur you don’t know where to take your complaints,” Janza complained to Zambian Football.

“We did not expect him to come to our bench… for what?

“Us we are technocrats. He was suppose to go to the match commissioner, the fourth official or our officials – bringing to us was a mockery.

“We gave him what he wanted. I told him that he is stupid and I repeat he is stupid. He must not do that again to any coach or any bench because it’s stupid.”

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It was a mistake, says disgraced referee Lamptey – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Oct 02, 2017. 16:00

Banned Ghanaian referee Joseph Odartey Lamptey has apologised for his poor officiating in a match between South Africa and Senegal.

His errors in the 2018 World Cup qualifier which was won 2-1 by South Africa last November led to FIFA banning for him life and calling for a replay of the match.

South Africa, who placed fourth on the Group D standings, are scheduled to host third-placed Senegal in a rematch in November, 2017.

Lamptey has stated that he was not trying to favour South Africa’s Bafana Bafana, who were the home side at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.

“I deeply love Senegal and I’m sorry. I can tell you that I felt deep pain after having done such an injustice against that country,” Lamptey told Senegal News Agency.

“I really love that country. My mistake [in the game] was never intentional. That can happen to you in your line of work as a journalist.

“Right or wrong? It is truly a human error but never did I want to do something against Senegal for anybody’s interest,” he continued.

“When I came back from the match in South Africa, my wife kept asking me what I had done to the Senegalese people.

“I told her so many times that it was a huge [human] error that I made against a country I adore.”

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Malawian referee denies match-fixing – African Football

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Sep 28, 2017. 17:30

One of the Malawian referees implicated in a match-fixing scandal, Limbani Chisambi has denied any wrongdoing and rubbished claims that he received the money.

Media reports suggest that four referees in Aziz Nyirenda, assistant referees Chisambi and Stephano Gomani, and fourth official Jimmy Phiri were all found guilty.

The referees fixed a national cup match between lower league teams, Nchalo United and Chitipa United, but Chisambi has denied the offence.


GhanSoccerNet reports that the officials received $20 between them to fix a game, but returned $15 to the team involved in the bribe because it failed to win the encounter.

Although they have been banned for life, Chisambi has denied any wrongdoing.

”I never took (a) share of the money. It is so sad that my career has ended in this manner,” he said.

The match-fixing was revealed after Nchalo United (the team that bribed the refs), lost in a penalty shoot-out after a 1-1 draw and demanded its money back.

When the referees could only return $15, Nchalo went to the authorities but no sanctions have been announced against the team and the case against Nchalo is still pending.

The Malawian Referees Association announced the b

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Top SA referee Gomes officiate to officiate Alger-Zamalek clash

Victor Gomes, South African referee

Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Jun 16, 2017. 11:33

South African referee Victor Gomes will officiate the 2017 CAF Champions League match between Algerian outfit USM Alger and Egyptian giants Zamalek on Wednesday, 21 June.

Zamalek are sitting at the top of Group B standings, just a point above Alger after the two sides played to a 1-1 stalemate at the Borg El Arab Stadium in Egypt almost a fortnight ago.

One of South African’s top referees, Gomes will be in charge of the next game between Alger and Zamalek. The game is scheduled to take place at the Stade du 5 Juillet in Algers.

This was confirmed by the South African Football Association (SAFA) on their official website:

“Victor Gomes, Lindikhaya Bolo, Sandile Dilikane and Victor Hlungwani will form the quartet of SAFA referees appointed by the governing body of African football to officiate in one of the most hostile venues on continent.

“Gomes will be making his second trip to North Africa after officiating in a high-profile match between Cameroonian side, Coton Sports and Egyptian powerhouse, Al Ahly in Cairo earlier this year while Hlungwane was also part of a trio that officiated in a recent Champions League match in Sudan between Al Hilal Elobied and Gambia Ports Authority FC in April.

“Gomes is appointed at the match referee and will be assisted by Bolo and Dilikane while Hlungwani holds the fort as the fourth official.

“The quartet is expected to jet off to Algeria on Sunday, 18 June,” a statement read.

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