ZAMBIA should honour Janny Sikazwe for uplifting the name of the country in football as a referee, says Livingstone’s FAZ Division One Maramba Young Stars chairman Bimaele Phiri.
Commenting on FIFA’s selection of Sikazwe for the cut of match officials for the quarterfinals at the ongoing World Cup in Russia, Phiri said this was unprecedented in the history of Zambian football.
“As a referee, he has made us proud, we are not at the World Cup as Chipolopolo, but we have Sikazwe there and we are really happy to watch him officiate. However, I would like to appeal to President Edgar Lungu to consider honouring him as we have done in the past where we have seen sportsmen and women being honoured by even being given land and houses. I would suggest to His Excellency to consider giving Janny Sikazwe a Diplomatic Passport, among other honours, so that he can have less travel restrictions,” Phiri said.
He added that apart from the Diplomatic Passport, Sikazwe could also be considered for other benefits deemed fit by the Head of State.
Phiri said being a teacher, Sikazwe should also be made to tour the country to have motivation talks with football players and pupils.
“I would further appeal to the Ministry of Sport and also FAZ to organise a thunderous welcome for Sikazwe and that the countrywide tour should also be state-funded,” he said.
Sikazwe has so far officiated group matches involving Belgium against Panama and Japan versus Poland.