High flying Zambian referee Janny Sikazwe’s rollercoaster World Cup run has come to an end in the semi-finals with the final set of referees unveiled.
Sikazwe who made history by becoming the first Zambian referee to officiate at any FIFA World Cup tournament leaves the tournament with his head high having participated in four matches including being at the centre of the Belgium versus Panama game and also the Japan and Poland fixture.
In the quarterfinals he was the fourth official for the Croatia versus Russia match.
Below is a brief statement from FIFA:
The FIFA Referees Committee has selected 12 referees, 26 assistant referees and 10 Video Assistant Referees for the final phase of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™.
Given the fact that there are only four games to play, the number of referees has been reduced again.
Appointed for the final phase are:
AFC: FAGHANI Alireza (IRN)
CAF: DIEDHIOU Malang (SEN)
CONCACAF: GEIGER Mark (USA); RAMOS PALAZUELOS Cesar Arturo (MEX)
CONMEBOL: CUNHA Andres (URU); PITANA Nestor (ARG); RICCI Sandro (BRA)
OFC: CONGER Matthew (NZL)
UEFA: CAKIR Cuneyt (TUR); KUIPERS Bjorn (NED); MAZIC Milorad (SRB); ROCCHI Gianluca (ITA)
Video Assistant Referees
CONMEBOL: SAMPAIO Wilton (BRA); VIGLIANO Mauro (ARG)
UEFA: DANKERT Bastian (GER); DIAS SOARES Artur (POR); GIL Pawel (POL), IRRATI Massimiliano (ITA); MAKKELIE Danny (NED); ORSATO Daniele (ITA); VALERI Paolo (ITA); ZWAYER Felix (GER).
The FIFA Referees Committee would like to thank all the match officials that have been involved in the 2018 FIFA World Cup so far for their commitment and professionalism.