By: Erias Kayondo
Fresh from the World Cup in Russia, Zambian referee Janny Sikazwe has been appointed to officiate the CAF Champions League fixture between KCCA FC and Club Espérance of Tunisia at Namboole on Saturday 28th, July, 2018.
This will be the second time, Sikazwe will be handling a game involving KCCA FC after officiating their 2-1 loss to Mamelodi Sundowns early last year.
His appointments at the recently concluded 2018 World Cup came in the group stage games of Belgium vs Panama and Japan vs Poland before being involved in the game between Russia and Croatia in the quarter finals
Besides the World Cup, Sikwaze has refereed on big occasions like the 2017 AFCON final between Egypt and Cameroon in Gabon and the FIFA World Club Cup final between Real Madrid and Kashiwa Antlers in 2016.
Born 39 years ago in Kapiri Mposi in Zambia, the professional teacher turned referee got a break through in 2008 when he was called to replace a referee who had failed a late fitness test at the COSAFA U-20 tournament in South Africa.
He was licensed by FIFA in 2010 and thereafter took charge of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers
Sikazwe has been appointed alongside fellow Zambians Oliver Mweene and Chansa Kabwe as first and second assistant referees respectively.
Ugandan representatives KCCA FC lost 3-2 to Espérance in Tunisia early this week on Tuesday. They will play hosts to their Arab counterparts in round four of the Group stages at Namboole on 28th, July 2018.