Wednesday Jun 20, 2018. 15:00
The Football Association of Zambia has expressed delight after referee Janny Sikazwe became the first Zambian referee to officiate at the FIFA World Cup.
Sikazwe made his debut in the Belgium v Panama Group G game on Monday in which Belgium won 3-0.
After receiving his FIFA licence in 2010, Sikazwe first progressed through international youth matches before taking charge of African Cup of Nations qualifiers in 2012.
The calm official then moved up the ranks and has a reputation for being a lenient referee who likes the game to flow.
Meanwhile, FAZ boss Andrew Kamanga has praised the referee for his performance on Monday in Russia.
“On behalf of the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) Executive and the entire football family, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Zambian referee, Janny Sikazwe for becoming the first Zambian referee to officiate at a FIFA World Cup,” reads a statement.
“As an Association we are proud of the landmark achievement Sikazwe has achieved and would like to encourage him to continue working hard to have more opportunities to represent Zambia at the ongoing World Cup and beyond.
“We are confident that his example will encourage many youth people with the talent to aim high in all their endeavours knowing very well that everything is possible.
“Congratulations once more for this great achievement and good luck in all your future endeavours.”