Zambian referee for Ghana-Kenya clash

FIFA 2018 World Cup referee Janny Sikazwe has been appointed to officiate Ghana’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Kenya.

The 39-year-old Zambian will be the centre man at the Moi International Sports Centre in Kasarani

Sikazwe will be assisted on the lines by Oliver Gift Mweene and Kabwe Chansa.

The professional teacher made his debut in the Belgium versus Panama Group G game on June 18 at the finals in Russia.

The match also saw him go into the record books as he became the first Zambian referee to officiate a game at the FIFA World Cup finals.

Meanwhile, Kenya coach Sebastien Migne will be without several key players for Saturday’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Ghana in Nairobi.

The Frenchman must make tough calls with stalwart centre back Brian Mandela and suspended China-based Ayub Timbe.

Captain Victor Wanyama remains a doubt while most experienced goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch has dropped down the pecking order at Kenyan Premier League side Gor Mahia.

Migne could count on young players such as Mike Kibwage and Ovella Ochieng who were handed starting roles in the final of the Hero’s International Cup against India.

The Harambee Stars are seeking to bounce back after an opening 2-1 defeat at Freetown against Sierra Leone.

 

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