The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has lifted the provisional suspension on Zambian FIFA referee Janny Sikazwe.
Sikazwe was suspended following corruption allegations – in violation of CAF Regulations Articles 82, 136 and 152 of the CAF disciplinary code – raised by Angolan outfit Primeiro de Agosto in their 2018 CAF Champions League semi-final, second leg match with eventual champions Esperance de Tunis.
A statement by the CAF read: “After having thoroughly examined the elements presented to them regarding the violation by Mr Janny Sikazwe of CAF Regulations, in particular, Arts 82, 136 and 152 of the Disciplinary Code; the Disciplinary Board decided that there is no sufficient evidence to implicate the involvement of Mr Janny Sikazwe regarding the allegations of corruption against him.
“Therefore the Disciplinary Board decides (that) the provisional suspension of Mr Janny Sikazwe is lifted.”
Sikazwe, 39, is one of Africa’s top referees who has officiated in Cosafa competitions, CAF inter club competitions, the FIFA Club World Cup, the Africa Cup of Nations and the FIFA World Cup.