Stunning Revelation of How Controversial AFCON Ref Janny Sikazwe Was Suspended in 2018 Emerges

Stunning Revelation of How Controversial AFCON Ref Janny Sikazwe Was Suspended in 2018 Emerges

Ibitoye Shittu
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:54 PM
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  • Janny Sikazwe had dragged himself into the mud after committing some gaffes at the ongoing AFCON
  • The Zambia referee was in charge of the encounter between Mali and Tunisia and blew final whistle in the 85th minute
  • Fresh update has now emerged that CAF once suspended the referee in 2018 over corruption allegations in Champions League

Janny Sikazwe is a Zambian referee who is currently trending everywhere and not for good, but for the embarrassment he brought to football at the ongoing 2021 African Cup of Nations.

It is almost a week that the 2021 African Cup of Nations started in Cameroon and officiating is currently under serious criticism most especially during the tie between Mali and Tunisia.

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Zambian referee Janny Sikazwe in action. Photo by Michael Regan
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Mali on Wednesday, January 12, defeated Tunisia 1-0, but the center referee Janny Sikazwe made some gaffes in the clash as he first blew the final whistle with five minutes to the end of the tie.

And what happened after he did that?

After blowing the whistle, the whole stadium and even fans watching on television were surprised and the referee was told in which he restarted the match again.

One minute to the end of the game, Janny Sikazwe blew his whistle again without even allowing any additional time.

Mali won the match 1-0 thanks to a penalty from Ibrahima Kone but Tunisia were livid with what happened.

According to the latest report on Daily Mail and Sportsbible, CAF suspended Sikazwe in 2018 on suspicion of corruption after the way he handled an African Champions League match between Esperance and Primiero Agosto.

Tunisia Coach reacts to controversial FT Drama after referee sounded whistle at 85th minute

Earlier, Sports Brief reported how coach of the Tunisian football team Mondher Kebaier reacted to his side’s controversial loss to Mali in their AFCON 2021 opener on Wednesday, January 12.

The tactician branded the decision as ‘inexplicable’ as he further claimed that he has never seen such despite being in the game of football for a long time.

Zambian international referee Janny Sikazwe controversially blew the final whistle of the encounter with five minutes before the end of regulation time.

The Tunisian referee was ordered to restart the game and again in he then blew with just 89 minutes and 43 seconds of the Group F clash gone.

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