February 4, 2017

Janny Sikazwe of Zambia to oversee AFCON 2017 Final

Zambian  Janny Sikazwe has been appointed by CAF Referees Committee to handle the final game between Egypt and Cameroon at AFCON 2017. 

For Sikazwe, a FIFA referee since 2007, this will be the second final of a major tournament in a few time, after having officiated, on last December, 2016 FIFA Club World Cup final.

He will be assisted by Jerson Emiliano Dos Santos from Angola and Aden Marwa Range from Kenya. South Africa's Daniel Bennett will be the fourth official.

CAF has also appointed the officials for third-place game. Algerian Mehdi Abid Charef will control the clash involving Burkina Faso and Ghana.

Third Place
04/02/2017, 20:00 CET, Port-Gentil
Burkina Faso - Ghana
Referee: ABID CHAREF Mehdi (Algeria)
Assistant Referee 1: ETCHIALI Abdelhak (Algeria)
Assistant Referee 2: HMILA Anouar (Tunisia)
4th Official: ESSRAYRI Youssef (Tunisia)

05/02/2017, 20:00 CET, Libreville
Egypt - Cameroon 
Referee: SIKAZWE Janny (Zambia)
Assistant Referee 1: DOS SANTOS Jerson Emiliano (Angola)
Assistant Referee 2: RANGE Aden Marwa (Kenya)
4th Official: BENNETT Daniel (South Africa


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  2. So, with Sikazwe's very good development (he is really liked by both FIFA and CAF) and the strong performances shown by Gassama in recent times, I think that for WC 2018 we have already two safe bets.
    It is not difficult to think that both will be called for Russia 2018.
    Perhaps, apart from them, there will be only another spot and many candidates will fight for that.
    One year has still to pass before the final decisions, but this is what I can point out for now.

  3. Janny is by far the best referee in Africa as at now

    1. 2nd best for me... Best is Bakary Papa Gassama by some distance in my opinion!! 😎

  4. Expected level from Sikazwe in a not too challenging final. Overall control without cards, good personality specially good verbal warning at about 62'. More a lenient style which certainly was adapted well to the atmosphere of the match. For me the 2-1 was regular but you can argue about that. Probably incorrect freekick (and YC) at 92' - but overall a very good impression left by the Zambian-Angolan-Kenyan-South African team!

    PS, nice to see Bennett laughing with the coach at about 63' :-D

    1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uX1uHtqTKt4
      Two issues:
      1) Deliberate handball in controlling the ball?
      2) Dangerous play against the opponent?

    2. Very difficult, but I can't detect a clear offence there.
      The first CMR goal is also not clean with the arm in the defender's face, similar to the Chelsea goal yesterday.

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