AS POWER Dynamos concluded their celebrations after taking the lead against Red Arrows in their FAZ MTN Super League match, Nkoloma Stadium reverberated with jeers targeted at international referee Janny Sikazwe.
The crowd disapproved Sikazwe’s interruption of Matteo Ndashe’s trademark military drill celebration summerarily known as the Ndashe Dance after Linos Makwaza opened scores on the half hour mark to put Power Dynamos ahead.
Ndashe has joined Power Dynamos on a season-long loan deal bringing with him not only his defense skills but his popular and fan-pleasing theatrical celebrations too.
The Zambia National Service sergeant found opportunity to perform his military drills in yellow colours as he featured for the 1990 champions much to the glee of spectators but quickly attracted Sikazwe’s attention.
The 40-year-old Kapiri Mposhi referee sprinted from east-wing direction, where the goal had been scored to the opposite direction, in the right flank of the pitch – the scene of the Ndashe Dance.
When Sikazwe beckoned his hand to summon the dancing right back, the cheers in the stands immediately turned into jeers.
But the boos soon died down as Sikazwe seemed to only verbally engage Ndashe, apparently for marching, leaping, turning sharply and saluting in animation-style near Zanaco fans whose team had been handed a Rugby scoreline defeat of 3-2 by Nkwazi in the same venue earlier in the day.
A group of Powers fans who were the intended audience of Ndashe’s rousing performance were about a meter away from the Zanaco fans.
Play resumed almost soon after with no major incidents but Ndashe would not celebrate again as his side eventually went down 2-1.
Since receiving his FIFA licence in 2010, Sikazwe has become a familiar face presiding over games at major tournaments including the World Cup.
At the last World Cup hosted by Russia in June last year, Sikazwe earned himself a reputation as one of the most lenient referees who wanted the game to flow.