By MICHAEL MIYOBA
THE Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) says it has not received any communication from FIFA on the appointment of Janny Sikazwe as one of the African referees to officiate at the 2022 Qatar FIFA World Cup.
FAZ referees manager Aziph Banda said he could not confirm the trending news about the country’s top whistle blower because the association has not received any communication from FIFA concerning his appointment.
“We don’t have any correspondence from FIFA, so it leaves us without a comment. When I saw the news flashing on social media, I called him (Janny Sikazwe) to confirm and he said that he also doesn’t know as well,” Banda said.
“We can only confirm when we receive some correspondence from FIFA.”
However, according to a report by the Ghanasoccernet.com, Sikaswe is reported to be among the eight African referees selected to officiate at the global football event from November 21 to December 18 in Qatar.
It is reported that Sikazwe is joined by top Gambian referee Papa Gassama, who officiated the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations final between Ghana and Ivory Coast, the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia and the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Sikazwe, who also officiated at the 2018 World Cup and the 2022 AFCON in Cameroon would also be joined by South African referee Victor Gomez and Ethiopian Tesssema Balmak. Algerian Mustapha Ghorba, Moroccan Redouane Jiyed and Senegalese Ndiaye complete the list of African referees to officiate the 64 games that will be played at the tournament in Qatar.