African top referee Janny Sikazwereturns to the field for the first time after a temporal ban on him was lifted after being exonerated of corruption allegations in January 2019.
The 39 year old secondary school teacher will handle this weekend’s CAF Champions League group toe between Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa and Nigeria’s Lobi Stars.
The match will be played in Tshwane, South Africa on Saturday.
Last weekend, while Africa’s top clubs were in action in either Champions League and Confederations, the Zambian referee was overlooked by CAF instead, the former St Paul Secondary School pupil was in-charge of a Zambian Super League match between Napsa Stars and Forest Rangers at Lusaka’s Edwin Imboela Stadium.
On 20 November 2018, he got provisionally suspended by the CAF Disciplinary Board on suspicion of corruption following the way he handled the CAF Champions League match which Esperance won 4-2 in Semi-Finals second leg over Primero de Agosto.
Sikazwe, has refereed at the 2015 and 2017 African Cup of Nations. He also handled the 2017 AFCON final.
He also handled the 2016 FIFA Club World Cup involving Real Madrid and a South American side.
Now based at the Ministry of Education Head quarters in Lusaka after he was promoted from Kapiri Mposhi, Sikazwe made history after he became the first Zambian to referee at a FIFA World Cup last year.