Zambian top referee Janny Sikazwe has come under fire from Tunisian officials who are protesting his officiating in a match they have lost to Mali by a goal to nil at the ongoing Africa cup of nations.
Janny Sikazwe a FIFA acclaimed referee gave away two penalties (one for Mali which they scored and another one for Tunisia which they missed) and a red card .
In the 86th minute, Sikazwe blew the whistle for full-time even though several minutes were remaining. He later rescinded his decision and signaled for play to continue.
With 89 minutes and 47 seconds gone, according to the clock on the TV screen. Tunisia’s manager and backroom staff run on to the pitch to demand an explanation as Sikazwe again blew the whistle for full time.
The Tunisian officials angrily pointed at their watches in a quest to correct Sikazwe for what looked like a wrong decision but all in vain .
It was a bizarre conclusion of the match as Sikazwe and his assistants were surrounded by stewards for their protection and then ushered off the pitch.
Mali grabbed maximum three points and Sikazwe will have to explain himself as controversy continues at the stadium.
Janny Sikazwe is one of Africa’s top referees that have even gone all the to officiate at the FIFA world cup knock out stage.
The football association of Zambia(FAZ) says its ready to replace Zimbabwe at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in case the Federation of International Football Association (Fifa) bans them with just a few days to the start of the competition..
Fifa had threatened to impose a ban on the Southern African country due to government interference in the running of the country’s football. and ordered that the elected Zimbabwe FA members regain control of the football by January 3.
But that has not been the case as the Zimbabwean FA till no have not been handed back the power to control football in that country.
Positioning themselves for a possible replacement of Zimbabwe at the AFCON which is set to start this Sunday, the Zambian FA through its spokesperson Sydney Mungala have expressed their readiness to replace the warriors at the African football showpiece.
“We have followed keenly the development in Zimbabwe and have always remained open to being part of the Nations Cup if Zimbabwe is banned,” Sidney Mungala, the Zambian FA’s media officer was quoted by BBC Sport Africa.
“Given the length of the time, before the tournament kicks off, we would have hoped that this matter would have been resolved by now.”
The Chipolopolo – who were champions of the 2012 edition hosted by Equatorial Guinea and Gabon – failed to qualify for the biennial African football showpiece as they finished third in a group that paraded Algeria and the Zimbabwean senior national team.
Chipolopolo midfielder Enock Mwepu on Sunday showed a touch of classy as he unleashed his famous ‘NINKUMONA PASS” to assist Trossord tap the ball in for Brighton and Hove Albion’s first goal against Brentford in the premier.
The computer as his is popularly known by his home fans has so far scored one goal in the premier league and assisted once. It was the first time the Zambian successfully did his famous trademark pass called NINKUMONA which means ‘I HAVE SEEN YOU’
While at Salzburg , Mwepu was asked to explain his NINKUMONA PASS and he explained that it something that he is always practicing in training.
“The NINKUMONA PASS is very popular in my country. What we do is , we release the ball to pass my teammates without them asking for it because I have seen them in good position.” He said.
“NINKUMONA means I have seen you and so don’t worry, the ball will find you.” He concluded.
It was the second time Brighton fans were witnessing the soothing and calm NINKUMONA pass by the Zambian captain and they took to social media to shower him with praises.
In his home country, the midfielder is known for this famous pass which has previously earned him accolades from fans and the technical bench who trusted him with the captain armband and the iconic chipolopolo jersey 11.
The Zambian looks to be settling in well in English football as he continues to show class for Brighton and Hove Albion fc.
He has so far scored one premier league goal in nine appearances and has three other goals for Albion across all competitions.
Confederations of African football(CAF) president Patrice Motsepe has rubbished online rumors that the Africa cup of nations will be postponed.
Speaking during the inspection of the various stadia that will be used during the tournament in Cameroon yesterday, the CAF president said the tournament will go on as planned and has advised football lovers on the continent to ignore the rumors as they are not true.
He also urged Africans to trust the continent’s football mother body , CAF, and emphasized that the 33rd edition of the Africa cup will kick off as planned and it will be a success.
The Africa cup of nations is the continent’s biggest football showpiece and it’s set to kick off on 9th January to 6th February 2022 in Cameroon.
Earlier this week, reports in Europe were that CAF was contemplating on cancelling the tournament due to the covid-19 fourth wave global outbreak as some clubs feared to release African stars for the showpiece.
But Motsepe has rubbished all those reports and further called on Africans to top being over critical of their own people instead support them.
After making their debut at the Africa cup of nations in 1965 Senegal has come close to winning the trophy twice but all failed attempts.
The highest FIFA ranked national team in Africa has never won the prestigious Africa cup of nations, they were defeated finalists in 2002 and 2019.
The Diofu generation failed, the Demba Ba generation failed but can the Sadio mane generation break this curse?
Who will break their 56-years Afcon drought ?
The Terrenga lions have arguably the most quality players and Africa’s most valuable squad with their players dotted across europe’s top leagues.
With the likes of Sadio mané , their star man in his prime, the Senegalese will hope that he wins the Afcon trophy for them before retiring.
Mané has been a very consistent key player in the Senegal squad and also Liverpool football club, it’s hopeful that he will finally help his country win their first Afcon silverware which they long to see after failing in the previous edition where he helped them reach the finals.
Eduard Mendy is another player Senegalese are looking up to, to help the nation win their first Afcon trophy.
Mendy who plays for English premier league side, Chelsea fc , has kept 20 cleansheets this season and he is being described as one of the best shot stoppers in Europe currently.
He has played eight(8) games for Senegal and out of which he has kept seven(7) cleansheets and only Conceded one(1) goal. Something that has made many fans believe he could be the man to guide the Terranga lions to their afcon glory in Cameroon next year.
Reims striker Boulaye Dia is also one player that people will be hoping to see perform at next year’s Afcon.
He has scored thirteen(13) goals this season in the french ligue 1 to become the highest african goal scorer in the top french league.
He is a very clinical striker and Senegal will also look up to him during their campaign for their first Afcon trophy in Cameroon.
22-years old Kreppin DIATTA is definitely the future for the Terranga , at that age he is already making waves in Europe having impressed in Belgium with Club Brugge, the youngster moved to french side Monaco where he has already scored a goal for them in the french ligue 1.
A machine as he is refered to by his coach at PSG, Idrissa Gueye is another quality player that will be key in Senegal’s squad for the afcon next year.
Having helped PSG qualify to the semi finals of the Uefa champions league , Gueye would be motivated to replicate the same form to his national team and make his country proud by winning the nations cup.
Koulibaly is one of the most valuable African defenders in Europe. He has been consistent with the Italian Serie-A side Napoli and will be a key figure for Senegal at next year’s Afcon.
Diallo who recently switched his international allegiance to Senegal from France, will be a huge boost to the Terrenga lions squad at the back and his patnership with Koulibaly will be one to look out for at next year’s Cameroon afcon.
These are just but a few senegelese stars among the many that are making waves in Europe and across the world.
Will Senegal finally win the Africa cup of nations next year in Cameroon?
Gambonese striker Pierre Emerick Aubamenyang who lost his captaincy at Arsenal football club for violating club rules actually went to visit his sick mother who has been unwell for while.
Arsenal fc on Monday announced that Aubamenyang will nolonger be the club’s captain for violating rules on several occasions.
However, according to The Athletic the 2015 African footballer of the year went to visit his sick mom again in France but did not return on the agreed dates agreed, a thing which left the club with no choice but to strip of his captaincy.
He has missed Arsenal’s last two premier league games as he did not take part in the clubs’s training due to Covid-19 protocol.
This is not the first time Aubameyang has missed out a game to be with his mum, who has struggled with ‘health issues’ this year.
Aubameyang previously missed Arsenal’s 3-1 win over Southampton in January after Arteta afforded his striker compassionate leave to be with his sick mother.
The captain also took to social media at the time to thank his team-mates for their understanding and explain the reason for his absence.
He said: ‘Hey guys, thank you so much for all the messages and calls over the last few days.
‘My mother is going through some health issues and I had to be there for her. She’s already much better now and I will be back home tonight. I’m more than grateful to the doctors and nurses helping her get through this.
‘And of course, thanks to my Arsenal fam for the love yesterday! I’m more determined than ever to keep our momentum going!
‘Thank you all again – I really am blessed to receive this level of support and love from all of you and I can’t wait to be back. PEA.’
There is now doubt over Aubameyang’s future at Arsenal after his recent disciplinary breach when he returned late from a trip to france which led to Mikel Arteta dropping him for the win against Southampton.
Red hot Zambian striker Patson Daka is not only known for his deadly touch on the ball in front of the goal but also a big heart and his connection with the fans.
Daka yesterday scored his second premier league goal in his first ever 90′ minutes premier league start which saw Leicester city’s club legend Jamie Vardy watch the entire match from the bench as the foxes condemned Newcastle united to a 4-0 bashing at the king power stadium.
Daka also equaled Vardy’s number of directly goal involvements in all competitions so far this season.
Vardy has scored nine goals and made one assist while the Zambian has netted seven goals and provided three assists accross all competitions to level the two on a total of ten goal involvements for Leicester.
Five of Daka’s goals have come in the Europa league while two in the premier league in 16 appearances accross all competitions in which he has only made eight starts.
Meanwhile, something special happened yesterday at the King power stadium as a young Leicester city fan raised a placard asking for Daka’s jersey from the start of the match till the final whistle.
Noticing the boy while on the pitch , Daka went to celebrate his goal in front of the boy and waved at the young die-hard fan.
At the end of the match, Daka quickly rushed to the security personnel and told them to bring the boy down the pitch side and later gave him his jersey to the amusement of the crowd.
The Chipolopolo striker is not only making Leicester city fans love him for his goals but his humble personality and selfless connection with them.
The football association of Malawi(FAM) has rubbished reports that it is in talks with Spanish trainer Jordi Condom to take over the Flames coaching job.
Reports made rounds on Monday morning suggesting that the association had reached advanced talks with the former Barcelona youth coach to be appointed as new coach for the Malawian national team who are preparing for the Cameroon African cup of nations.
Jordi Condom who is the current coach for Belgian club Seraign fc was reported to be in talks with the malwian FA for a possible move before January.
However, according to a press statement issued by the FAM secretary general Alfred Gunda , the association has distanced itself from the reports and that Meck Mwase is the national team coach with his contract still running up to February 2023.
The association says, it is not recruiting any coach as they are only concentrating on preparing for Afcon next year with their current coach who helped the team qualify.
Malawi will be making their third appearance at the Africa cup of nations next in Cameroon after 11-years absence from the tournament and preparation have advanced with some soccer fans suggesting that the FA should hire an expatriate coach following their poor performance in the world cup qualifiers.
But the FA says it has already hired Marian Mario as technical director to boost their technical bench ahead of the Africa cup of nations which is set to kick off in January next year.
After struggling for game time under immediate passed Aston villa coach Dean Smith, Zimbabwean Midfielder Marvelous Nakamba has found favor and trust from England and Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard who was earlier this month appointed as new coach for villa.
Nakamba struggled for game time last season were he played 29 matches in the premier league with only three starts and all appearances coming from the bench.
However, since the appointment of Gerrard, the Zimbabwean has played 90 minutes for the first two matches under the English coach.
He was instrumental in Gerrard first win against Brighton and Hove Albion last weekend where completed a total of 27 passes out of 28 , the most he has ever done in his club career.
In the second match which Gerrard’s villa won 1-2 against Crystal palace, the southern african was handed another starting 11 position to head the midfield which he bossed to help his team win a vital away match in the premier league.
The Zimbabwean once again completed 87% of his total passes after making 33 accurate passes out of 38, more than any one else in that match.
His continued brilliant performance in the premier league has had fans wondering why he never got enough game time under the former coach.
Nakamba has also gotten himself accolades from Gerrard who said , “he is a reliable player, very strong on the ball and good at calming down the tempo of the game.”
He has truly found his form and it’s clear he is slowly but surely cementing his position in the Gerrard led Aston villa.
England based Chipolopolo striker Patson Daka has broken another record at Leicester city football club after scoring his fifth goal for the club last night in the UEFA Europa league when the foxes thrashed polish club Legia Warszawa 3-1 a the king power stadium.
Daka opened the score line for the foxes in the 11th minute from close range after dribbling passed two defenders inside the six-yard to become Leicester city’s all time record goal scorer in European inter-club competition history , surpassing club legend and English striker Jarmie Vardy who has four goals for the club.
The Chipolopolo striker also became Leicester city’s second highest goal scorer this season in all competitions with six goals to his name in twelve appearances below Vardy who tops the chart with seven goals in sixteen appearances.
Daka has one goal in the premier league and five goals scored in the Europa league where he is also joint second top scorer in the competition below Cameroonian and Lyon striker Toka Ekambi who tops with only six goals.