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Sikazwe Dream World Cup Race Comes to an End

High flying Zambian referee Janny Sikazwe’s rollercoaster World Cup run has come to an end in the semi-finals with the final set of referees unveiled.

Sikazwe who made history by becoming the first Zambian referee to officiate at any FIFA World Cup tournament leaves the tournament with his head high having participated in four matches including being at the centre of the Belgium versus Panama game and also the Japan and Poland fixture.

In the quarterfinals he was the fourth official for the Croatia versus Russia match.

Below is a brief statement from FIFA:

The FIFA Referees Committee has selected 12 referees, 26 assistant referees and 10 Video Assistant Referees for the final phase of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.

Given the fact that there are only four games to play, the number of referees has been reduced again.

Appointed for the final phase are:

AFC: FAGHANI Alireza (IRN)

CAF: DIEDHIOU Malang (SEN)

CONCACAF: GEIGER Mark (USA); RAMOS PALAZUELOS Cesar Arturo (MEX)

CONMEBOL: CUNHA Andres (URU); PITANA Nestor (ARG); RICCI Sandro (BRA)

OFC: CONGER Matthew (NZL)

UEFA: CAKIR Cuneyt (TUR); KUIPERS Bjorn (NED); MAZIC Milorad (SRB); ROCCHI Gianluca (ITA)

Video Assistant Referees

CONMEBOL: SAMPAIO Wilton (BRA); VIGLIANO Mauro (ARG)

UEFA: DANKERT Bastian (GER); DIAS SOARES Artur (POR); GIL Pawel (POL), IRRATI Massimiliano (ITA); MAKKELIE Danny (NED); ORSATO Daniele (ITA); VALERI Paolo (ITA); ZWAYER Felix (GER).

The FIFA Referees Committee would like to thank all the match officials that have been involved in the 2018 FIFA World Cup so far for their commitment and professionalism.

83 Comments

  1. maston

    Thanks

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  2. James claps mphande

    U have done your party dad come back congratulations

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  3. Chibeza

    There is no justice in all this ‘shame fifa’ this panel is not balanced how can they choose 3 officials from Italy alone and 3 from south America and only 1 from Africa.

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    • jaguar

      As if that is not enough, Fifa accords Europe a big favour by allowing a large number of Eurpean countries to participate in the world cup than any other continent. That is why the semi final is all about a European affair.

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  4. mbewe misheck

    Comment we are prould of you sir

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  5. Mazuba Isaacs hamumba

    A talent is a talent bane.sikazwe Africa is a blessed continent.God is showing whites that Africans are people also not monkeys.thanks for ur commitment mudala.u AR the inspiration to everyone

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  6. Madalitso Banda

    Congrats ba Sikazwe. Come join us home. Load shading has started in selected parts of Lusaka and you will find us looking for a Mayor for Lusaka.

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    • Mutendewa Honest

      We appreciate ur participation and ur commitment,Mr Sikazwe congregations to you and safe Trip as u well be coming……..

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  7. andrew kalonga

    you have done your best baSikazwe, welcome back you’re a hero Sir

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  8. Mabanzi

    Yes congrants bwana sikazwe

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  9. Joe Kawimbe

    Well done, wemwaume Sikazwe. You have done us proud. I was busy showing you off to my RSA friends…..there is a Zambian !!! You took Zambia to Russia – single -handedly!!!

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  10. Frank Bornwell

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    you made Zambia proud, please welcome back home!

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  11. s

    bigup one sikaz

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  12. kenneth chiyabi

    I’m saying congratulations Mr sikazwe sir we are proud of you sir come and tell us how Russia is, you have even impressed the president Mr lungu.we wish you a safe journey sir God bless you

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  13. Sizu11

    Thanks man,example set.encouraging zamrefs,cont,,,

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  14. Mazimba Haren Rolenza

    Mr Sikazwe, you are the Hero…..you have made Zambia to be on a hill top to be seen by everyone in the world….may Jehovah God bless you si much. Welcome back!!

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  15. Haggai Frank mulenga

    ba sir we are proud of you

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  16. Samuel chipasha

    Proud of u sir

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  17. Isaac Banda

    I pray for you for protection, success and prosperity in your life

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  18. Samz Kelly

    Comment One sikaz thanks for your job.

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  19. Paul mutengwana

    Comment.We are proud of you sir.You took Zambia to Russia.Welcome back home.

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  20. Kesh

    We’re proud of you….

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  21. Jorex 1

    Kkkkkkkkk. Am just passing. Ati whites are pigs….!!!

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  22. ba general

    Congrats ba Sikazwe thats a great achievement for us Zambians.we are proud of u…

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  23. mobby k

    Well done bwana sikazwe you have really made us proud

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  24. C4

    There Is No Free And Fair In The Fifa Committe.Ala Ala Baoyofyee!

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  25. grace

    Comment congratulations boss,u ve made us proud

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  26. Onessmore Mukonka

    Congratulations Mr Sikazwe, we, expected the best from you and that is what you have done thank you so much, may our ubiquitous redeemer be upon you always, come home and enjoy the prestige you have worked. “Twalumba Tapati. “

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  27. Isaac mulwanda

    Congratulation MR Sikazwe sir.you have kindly made us happy for your participation in the bigger tournament.May God highly bless you more.

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  28. Daudi

    welcome back and well done Mr sikazwe

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  29. Sydney Banda

    You have done your part, actually, you have done your best which others have failed to achieve. Congratulations for lifting the flag of our mother land (Zambia) . we as your fellow Zambians are very much proud of you, just like others said, you have made Zambia proud…

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  30. SMZ

    We are proud of u for putting us on the world map,thanks.

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  31. Brasy Vincent

    You did your best sir

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  32. Morris sandala

    I congratulate u sir for representing zambia. Thank u and job well done.

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  33. Joseph

    You have made solwezi pipo proud job well done sir you deserve honour

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  34. Mark hazard

    Thank u sir

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  35. fista

    Congratulation mr sikazwe u have done your part sir.

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  36. Beatrice

    Thanks , and welcome back Mr Sikazwe.

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  37. taza chirwa

    guys be fair he has done his level best coz others dont even reach this far. am proud of dad

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  38. Razor

    Referees association of zambia (RAZ) should take full advantage of the knowledge of this man to train more referees to world cup standards so that even if our team doesn’t perform to expectations at least we will have zambian referees in all Continental and international games.

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  39. Jose k

    What is your problem if they choose one from Africa looks u are intelligent than them IDIOT

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  40. Ngosa Chola Dabid

    You have contributed greatly to the world,God bless you.

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  41. GIFT GJ

    Congrats and Welcome Back Sir!!!

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  42. Andy

    Better African teams to stand on our own, and leave this world cup.otherwise gonnq cry every time.these White people the don’t want this black sicken.

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  43. Nalwamba

    Congratulation Mr Sikazwe, you have done Zambia proud. Any reason why Italy got 4 slots?

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  44. Lumaimoses

    Comment salute.. sir…kkkkkkkkkkk.
    ndiwe mugiba..congrats

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  45. Geoffrey the

    Geoffrey Sichamba

    We are proud of you Mr Sikazwe. You really tried your best , almost everyone is happy with your performance here in Zambia. Please congratulations my brother. It’s not easily but you pulled through. You are a real man.

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    • Paul Chandachandahh

      Well done Sir and may u continue practicing … Next time u gonna be one if the final referees …

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  46. Lenton Ferguson

    Well done Mr Sikazwe! Very proud of you sir.Do the same next time.
    Thank you!

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  47. Kabole Chanda

    Mr Sikazwe you are our Icon by lifting the Zambian flag to such a high altitude. Wat you have done in more than we expected. Thumb up Mr J, S.

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  48. Joseph Simukonda

    Good job sikazwe you entered the books of history

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  49. Mphanza

    Congratulations Mr Sikazwe for lifting our golden eagle higher, the entire Nation is proud of you

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  50. Joseph Chikwanda

    Job well done brother Sikazwe

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  51. Ronnie

    Congratulations nanny sikazwe our own Zambian we are proud of you..other countries have not had a chance even to have a ball picker thanks FIFA u r fare

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  52. Joseph siame

    We are proud of you sir keep it up remember better is not good enough but the best is yet to come

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  53. daniel nkole

    Janny S job well-done. Proud of you Zambia

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  54. Dawood Lungu

    Thank sikazwe for working so well and representing us ( Zambians). Thanx FIFA for recognising Zambia when bigger nations are there. Thank you God for the love u have for us human beings. I am really excited for u sikazwe. Welcome home….

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  55. Katele Richard

    We feel so proud to have you mu Zambia ba Sukawe….. now am asking for your replica jersey napapata.

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  56. Joseph

    So proud my colleague for your outmost performance. You have made our profession proud and the nation at large. Keep it up

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  57. Kenneth mwelwa

    job well done mr sikazwe well come

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  58. DJ DISTANCE ZAMBIA!

    YOU ARE ONE IN A MILLION SIKAZWE NON CAN UNDERRATE YOU BROH!

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  59. Joblyne. M

    U hv inspired most African referees & u are a blessing to Zambia. These whites are racists & we knw them.

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  60. C cosmas

    Job well done my brother you are the testimony to our mother Zambia keep it up .

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  61. musa abdul

    Come back home sikazwe you have Zambia proud

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  62. Mwendagrace

    We are so proud of u!

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  63. Yasin

    Well done sir you made ZAMBIA to be recognized in the world we are proud of you welcome back.

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  64. Richard Mulenga

    Measure twice cut once. job well done Mr. Sikazwe.

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  65. j chitambo

    you have run your race,, job well done

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  66. Lupek

    Congrats sir!

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  67. Laban k

    Great job Mr JS.
    Welcome back home

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  68. Kenchan

    Keep it up u are indeed a great man

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  69. manfield maurice

    Congrats mr sikakwe for the job well done

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  70. Conious kalombwana

    You’re just the best keep it up all the best in your career sir

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  71. SHI ALIKO

    What a useless selection ba fifa

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  72. SHI ALIKO

    Don’t 4get that there is one African team remaining(france)

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  73. SHI ALIKO

    KANTE from Mali, pogba, guean,mbappe,congo

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  74. Julius

    Well done ya tata ya Sikazwe,You have done what Napoleon couldn’t do

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  75. Zulu Saili.Petauke.

    well done ba J Sikazwe Ba (RAZ) please,take an advange of learning the new things from ths man bcos he is nw adversite stage.learn to learn hv th heart of goin further lik th man himself.Nafitale in petauke i’ll pray for u mwana,God bless u.

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  76. Alick

    thats zambia heading for the top but a step at a time like the stilthness of a cheetah befr attack

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