The referee Janny Sikazwe gives a yellow card to Jan Vertonghen of Belgium during a group G match between Belgium and Panama at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Sochi, Russia, June 18, 2018. Courtesy Xinhua/Bai Xueqi

President Edgar Lungu says he is impressed with the performance of Zambia Soccer referee Janny Sikazwe at the on-going 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

President Lungu said Sikazwe has represented Zambia well by his exceptional refereeing standard and hoped he continues with his fine performance.

President Lungu was speaking at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (KKIA) shortly before his departure for Turkey.

The President urged Zambians to emulate Sikazwe and desist from the “pull him down” syndrome.

“He’s doing a great job, we saw him yesterday, we wish him good things to come” said President Lungu, and added “Don’t pull him down, people should get inspired by his work”.

The President said Sikazwe’s performance can help trigger and enhancement the development of other sectors related to soccer and refereeing.

Janny Sikazwe is one of the two African Soccer Referees to have made the second phase of 17 referees following FIFA’s decision to trim the numbers after the 2018 world cup edition entered the knockout stages.

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    Unfortunately the same can’t be said about you Mr Lungu with your name and government associated with corruption, bribery, persecution of perceived lolitical enemies, incompetence, laziness, poverty, etc. What will be your legacy?

    Please leave Sikazwe alone and taint him with your tarnished image.
    Good to see Sikazwe as a fourth official at the Russia vs Croatia 1/4 finals game the other day.


  2. Janny Sikazwe, Well done.
    A Zambian doing well @ his job, & making us proud.


  3. The govt did well to elevate him from a class teacher in Kapiri to Provincial Education Standard Officer (PESO). We’re proud of you as flag carrier at the 2018 WC.


  4. At least he is doing something productive unlike you Lazy Lungu who cowers from responsibilities!!


  5. Wowow
    Indeed he is taking the Zambian flag to another level….
    And hope he will be honored in a special way when he comes back home… Thanks Mr President for acknowledgement…????????????



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