Football Association of Zambia president Andrew Kamanga
Football Association of Zambia president Andrew Kamanga
Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) president Andrew Kamanga is delighted with the achievements top Zambian referee Janny Sikazwe continues scoring.

Sikazwe on Sunday refereed the final of the African Cup of Nations in which Cameroon defeated Egypt 2-1. He became only the second Zambian official to handle a final after the late Kabalamuya Chayu.

Only two months ago, Sikazwe became the first Zambian to handle the final of the World Club championship that pitted Real Madrid against Kashima Antlers of Japan.

“We are always proud and happy when one of our own is succeeding and Mr. Janny Sikazwe is one such example,” Kamanga said.

“It is for this reason that in December last year, I awarded him with the FAZ President’s Award at the MTN/FAZ annual awards for deserving players, coaches and officials.

“His achievements show that nothing is impossible in life as long as you put your mind and hard work towards achieving it. Our hope as an executive is that more of our referees will get inspired and work even harder to surpass the records Mr. Sikazwe is breaking.

“Mr. Sikazwe has done both the country and our executive proud.”

Kamanga appealed to football fans to show the same support Sikazwe to the hosting of the Under-20 African Cup of Nations starting on February 26 in Zambia.

“So far so good. We are on course and our appeal is to the business community and fans to come on board. The government and our patron His Excellency Edgar Chagwa Lungu have been tremendous with their unwavering support,” he added.

“Together, we will host a memorable tournament.”

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17 COMMENTS

    • Janny will be the 1st zambian (probably the first black african) to pinto a SWC final. Can’t get better than that.
      I like the line about being proud of our own. Feels like the puny is directed at that dude who was lecturing us about the intricacies of voting pan african.

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  1. Finally something good achieved by a Zambian, rather than the usual stories of Plunder deception, & Vote rigging using foreign proxies like Samuel Chavula.

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    • Why bringing Kalu,s name in this instead of just been happy about Sikazwe achievements? For your own information its in Kalu,s time as as FAZ president that Sikazwe was recognized has good referee and not in Kananga’s time. Also know that Kalu was there watching Afcon 2017 live in VIP section while Sikazwe was on duty and I’m 100% sure that even kalu was so pround of watching Sikazwe officiating a very important game. stop hating but learn to love and appreciate people.

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    • There is nothing wrong in comparing leadership styles. Kaputo Davies is talking about the comments that Kamanga made. Did Kalusha make similar comments of national pride about Sikazwe?

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  2. You can’t compare what is happening with what has never happened. No Zedian referee took charge of an Afcon final when Kalusha was FAZ chair so comparisons are hypothetical or just malicious

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  3. Kalu was crowned African footballer of the year and in our lifetime there will never be anyone south of the equator, give him peace. If you have beef with him measure yourself with him.

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  4. This issue is really funny. I now think my neighborhood is a country full of jealous people. How can a person who sounds so jealousy point an accusing finger labelling one who never said anything (atleast for now because we did not hear anything of that nature by kalu) as being jealousy. Grow up mulena, we simple don’t know how Kalu reacted. Kamanga is well placed to be coverd by the Zambian media than Kalu atleast for now.
    Forgive my initial thinking as expressed above Zambia, the truth is that not every Zambian is jealousy. DK’s the one who is jeallousy.

    We appreciate JK’s exploits.

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  5. In what capacity do you want Kalu to speak about Jani? Kamanga is the FAZ President! Kalu is not like HH who behaves like he is the President when ECL is the PRESIDENT! ke ke ke

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  6. Kalu is an ex official any platform can accord him such space if he so wishes
    Like RB does to air his voice Kalu will not praise any zambian let alone in football
    circles he doesnt wish to see any one surpass Him…….He is an patrotic Zambian.

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  7. Why FAZ & not the Referees Association of Zambia (RAZ) to give plaudits to Sikazwe? Is it because they have credit to make or show for themselves as a body?

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  8. i just hope that whatever accolade cameroon team will receive will equal to what FAZ will offer my cousin. Good job Janny

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  9. When l see janny doing the running it’s like zambia at the world cup, keep it up our man. We behind you.

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