Soccer News of Friday, 30 January 2015
Caf has named Zambian referee Janny Sikazwe to handle the quarter-finals match involving Ghana and Guinea on February 1, Goal Ghana can reveal.
The Kapiri Mposhi native will be assisted by Evarist Menkouande from Cameroon and Waleed Ahmed Ali from Sudan at the Estadio de Malabo Sunday.
Ghana topped Group C with six points ahead of Algeria with the head-to-head rule and will play Guinea who placed second at the expense of Mali.
Sikazwe is not new to Ghanaians as he was the fourth referee when the west African giants defeated South Africa 2-1 in Mongomo in their last group game. He also officiated the semi-finals involving Ghana and Nigeria in the 2014 CHAN tournament in South Africa which ended 0-0 but Ghana won 4-1 on penalties.
Sikazwe has officiated only one game in the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations involving Mali and Cameroon which ended in a goalless draw. He has shown 159 yellow cards and eight red cards from his 45 international matches for Caf and FIFA.
The last time he showed a red in an international match was against Ghana’s Kwabena Adusei in the CHAN semis. He has awarded eight penalties in his entire international career with an average of four yellow cards per game.
The winner of the Ghana – Guinea will face the winner of Tunisia and Equatorial Guinea in the Semi-finals.