Tanzanian side Simba Sporting Club have issued a veiled rejection of Zambian FIFA referee Janny Sikazwe and four others to officiate Saturday’s CAF Champions League quarter-final return leg against Democratic Republic of Congo side TP Mazembe because Lubumbashi is very close from Zambia.
The distance between Lusaka and Dar es Salaam is about 1,900km while the Lusaka- Lubumbashi journey is about 540km long while just 116km from Chilibombwe on the Copperbelt. (Zambia Daily Mail)
“We humbly request your esteemed office to timely intervene in this matter to ensure that the referees earlier appointed are reinstated to ensure a fair game. This abrupt change calls for a lot of speculation considering that the newly appointed referees from neighbouring country (Zambia), bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which is a driving distance to Lubumbashi. This is a major cause for concern for us,” the statement read.
Last weekend Simba were held to a 0-0 home draw by TP Mazembe in the first leg played in Dar Es Salaam.