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Janny Sikazwe. Photo: Twitter

JUST IN: Controversial AFCON ref to take charge of Pirates CAFCC final!

Referee Janny Sikazwe, who was involved in a bizarre incident at AFCON, will be in charge of Friday’s final involving Orlando Pirates.

Afcon Pirates

Janny Sikazwe. Photo: Twitter

On Sunday it was confirmed that Soweto giants Orlando Pirates will contest this season’s CAF Confederation Cup final. The Buccaneers are now just one victory away from their first piece of silverware this season after beating Libyan side Al Ahly Tripoli 2-1 on aggregate.


Pirates will be facing Moroccan side RS Berkane on Friday, and it’s now been confirmed that Zambian referee Janny Sikazwe will be in charge of the title decider.

Sikazwe will be joined by Angolan Jerson Emiliano Dos Santos and Mozambican Arsenio Chadreque Maringule as his assistants.

As few will have forgotten, Janny Sikazwe was involved in barely believable scenes at this year’s African Cup of Nations when he blew the full time whistle after just 85 minutes in the clash between Mali and Tunisia. He then restarted the game before eventually calling full time before 90 minutes had elapsed, while there was no stoppage time at all.

Mali went on to win the match thanks to a penalty scored by Ibrahima Kon, but the Tunisia camp was understandably infuriated after the game, with security eventually having to safeguard the officials.

As it is, matters became even more bizarre when the post-match press conference with Mali coach Mohamed Magassouba was then interrupted as CAF officials barged in to state that the match will be re-started to play out the final three minutes.


However, Tunisia declined to come out for the final five minutes which CAF wanted to be played out because the decision had been taken when the post-match press conference was on. Mali were therefore declared 1-0 winners.

It was subsequently reported that Sikazwe was confirmed to have suffered heat stroke, which led to his mistakes as the match drew to a close.

He has since revealed that he was told by medical professionals that he could have died. 

“I have seen people going for duties outside the country and come back in a casket,” he said, as quoted by BBC Sport Africa.

“I was very close to coming back like that. I was lucky I didn’t go into a coma. It would have been a very different story.

“The doctors told me my body was not cooling down. It would have been just a little time before [I would have gone] into a coma, and that would have been the end.

“I think God told me to end the match. He saved me.”

There was controversy surrounding Sikazwe prior to the AFCON incident. In 2018, Caf provisionally suspended Sikazwe on suspicion of corruption following the way he handled the Caf Champions League match which Esperance won 4-2 in Rades.

Sikazwe, who refereed at the 2018 Fifa World Cup, awarded a controversial penalty which led to Esperance’s first goal after adjudging Algerian forward Mohamed Belaili to have been fouled by Agosto defender Jose Macaia.

The other officials for the Pirates final have also been confirmed:

Botswana referee Joshua Bondo will serve as the fourth official on Friday, while Egyptian Mahmoud Ashor will be the Video Assistant Referee. His compatriots Mahmoud Abouelregal and Mahmoud Elbana will complete the video crew.