In January he was at the center of great controversy because he ended the match in the 85th minute between Mali and Tunisia in the African Cup. Today he will referee Belgium-Canada to the World Cup. We are talking about the Zambian race director Janny Sikazwe. L’referee he subsequently brought the two teams back onto the field, but still whistled for the end earlier than expected. Today his performance will be dissected in Qatar. He risks being the star in the absence of Lukaku.
Sikazwe: “That’s why I whistled earlier”
The 42-year-old a month later told the reason for the early termination: “I could have died of heatstroke. I’ve seen people go to work out of the country and come back in a coffin. I was very close to returning like this too ”.
Sikazwe said again: “I was lucky not to go into a coma. The doctors explained to me that my body is not cooling down. It was almost coma and that would be the end of it. I think God told me to end the game. He saved me ”.
Sikazwe will also direct Japan-Poland
Belgium-Canada will not be the only World Cup match refereed by Zambian Sikazwe who will also take charge Japan-Polandalways during the rounds. But tonight, meanwhile, all eyes will be on him at the Ahmad bin Ali stadium. In 2018 he was suspended for corruption, ending up under investigation. In short, he is a particularly talked about race director.