By Jim Sheridan
Although Zambia haven’t reached the World Cup in Russia, they will still be represented by whistler Sikazwe.
ZAMBIA have never made it to a World Cup – but this summer they will have a representative in Russia.
Janny Sikazwe is widely regarded as the country’s best referee and has been chosen by Fifa to appear on the biggest stage of them all.
Here’s all you need to know about the 2016 Club World Cup Final ref.
Who is Janny Sikazwe?
A FAMILIAR face to fans of African football over the past decade, Sikazwe was born in Kapiri Mposhi in 1979. He is a Primary School Teacher by Profession. His father was a whistle man too though never reached the pinnacle of Zambian football.
After receiving his Fifa licence in 2010, he first progressed through international youth matches before taking charge of African Cup of Nations qualifiers in 2012.
Since then he has moved up the ranks and has a reputation for being a leniant ref who likes the game to flow.
But controversy reigned when Sikazwe took charge of the 2016 Club World Cup Final between Real Madrid and Kashima Antlers.
When Sergio Ramos brought down an opponent having already been booked, the Zambian reached for a second yellow card and called the Galacticos captain over.
But he then put his hand back in his pocket and bizarrely chose not to send Ramos off.
Sikazwe subsequently said the decision was down to miscommunication and as he misheard his assistant over his earpiece, thinking he had called for a card when he actually said “foul, no card”.
A year later he refereed the African Cup of Nations Final between Cameroon and Egypt.