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Caf suspends top referees Charef and Sikazwe

The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has wielded its disciplinary wand on top match referees Mehdi Abid Charef and Janny Sikazwe for their underwhelming decisions in the recently ended 2018 Caf Champions League.


The Algerian match official failed on two penalty calls in the Caf Champions League first leg final game which saw Ahly win 3-1against eventual winners Esperance of Tunisia. Despite viewing the actions with the VAR, the Constantine-born referee awarded two penalty kicks to Al Ahly which team talisman Walid Soliman perfectly slotted home.

In the second penalty call, Ahly forward Walid Azaro intentionally tore his shirt after a physical action with Esperance centre back Chamseddine Dhaoudi, in gaining a favourable call from the 37-year-old match official. Charef, then in a tensed mood, fell to the striker’s antics as Ahly slotted their third of the evening on the 76th minute. Caf suspended and fined Azaro from the second leg clash which meant Mehdi missed a crucial decision.


Caf suspended the Zambian for alleged biased officiating during the Champions League second leg semi-final duel between Tunisian side Esperance and Premeiro Agusto of Angola. Sikazwe awarded the home side a dubious penalty while the visting team Premeiro Agusto of Angola were denied a legitimate goal.

With the match tied at 0-0, the 39-year-old referee pointed to the spot after Agosto defender Jose Macaia was adjudged to have fouled Mohammed Belaili inside the penalty box.

When the result at 3-2, Agosto thought they had grabbed a third away goal but Ungenda had the goal disallowed after Mingo Bille was judged to have pushed Esperance goalkeeper Rami Jridi.

The Angolan’s dissatisfaction with the referee got worse when Esperance delivered the final blow with Anice Badri scoring the fourth goal after what appeared to be an infringement on his marker who attempted to clear the danger.

Sikazwe was a referee at the 2018 Fifa World Cup and was the man in charge of the 2016 Fifa Club World Cup final between Real Madrid and Kashima Antlers.



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