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Sikazwe to handle Sudan, Nigeria match

DIANA MUTAKAFIMBO, Lusaka
ZAMBIAN referee Janny Sikazwe will today be at the centre of the Group A Morocco 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between Sudan and Nigeria in Khartoum.
The Kapiri Mposhi-based referee will be assisted by compatriots Stanley Hachiwa and Bruno Tembo.
In an interview at Lusaka’s Kenneth Kaunda International Airport on Thursday, Sikazwe said referees play an important role in the development of football.
He said referees should endeavour to remain professional because they are the key factor in every game.
“We play a cardinal role in the development of the game. There has never been any game played without a referee. We are just as important like anybody involved in the game that is why we need to be professional in our work,” the 35-year old said.
Sikazwe said being appointed to officiate important games like the Africa Cup qualifiers is a privilege.
“It always feels good to be recognised internationally. Africa Cup qualifying games are just as important as the final tournament itself. We are privileged to have such an opportunity,” he said.
Sikazwe and Tembo officiated the Confederation Cup semi-final match bcetween Egyptian side Al Ahly and Cameroonian side Coton Sport in Cairo a fortnight ago.

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