Referee who ended Afcon game after 85 minutes selected for world cup

Sikazwe is one of the eight African referees selected by world football governing body, FIFA to officiate at the Qatar World Cup 2022.

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Zambian referee Janny Sikazwe, who in January infamously ended an African Cup of Nations game prematurely after suffering from heat exhaustion, will officiate at the 2022 Qatar World Cup finals.

Sikazwe is one of the eight African referees selected by world football governing body, FIFA to officiate at the event.

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Sikazwe ended Tunisia versus Mali game on two occasions before full time. He initially blew the would be final whistle in the 85th minute but recalled players back on to the pitch after being alerted by the VAR. He could however end the match once again 13 seconds before the 90th minute.

It was later reported that Janny Sikazwe was suffering from ‘heatstroke and severe dehydration and that he had been rushed to hospital after he prematurely sent players back to the locker room.

This time round though,Sikazwe would have less or no problem with heat given the fact that the tournament will be played in November and December, contrary to the traditional June timing during which Qatar experiences extreme heat. Also, Qatar is said to have installed Air Conditioning Machines in all the stadia set to host the games.

Other than Janny Sikwaze, Fifa has also selected Papa Gassama from Gambia, South Africa’s Victor Gomez and Ethiopian Tesssema Balmak.

Others are Mustapha Ghorba of Algeria, Moroccan Redouane Jiyed and Senegalese Ndiaye.

The world cup will start on November 21 and end on December 18,2022.

Complete List of African Referees Selected for 2022 FIFA World Cup.

• Mustapha Ghorbal (Algeria)

• Redouane Jiyed (Morocco)

• Papa Bakary Gassama (Gambia)

• Tesssema Balmak (Ethiopia)

• Victor Gomez (South Africa)

• Janny Sikazwe (Zambia)

• Maguette N’diaye (Senegal)

• Jean Jacques Ndala (DR Congo)

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