Zimba delights in AFCON officiation role

Malawian referees

One of the country's FIFA referees, Easter Zimba has expressed delight to officiate a 2023 AFCON qualifier match next month.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) appointed five Malawian match officials for next month’s 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) group stage qualifying matches, which will see Zimba taking charge of a Group B match involving Eswatini and Burkina Faso on June 7 at a venue to be confirmed later.

He will be assisted by Clemence Kanduku and Edward Kambatuwa as first Assistant Referee and second Assistant Referee respectively while Godfrey Nkhakananga will be the fourth official.

Reacting to the news, Zimba said he regards this as a career growth and therefore he will work hard to deliver according to the laws of the game.

"First of all I thank God for making this possible. I don't take it for granted. It's a great news and honor to me, my colleagues and nation at large. This shows that CAF has confidence in us especially building from the last preliminary second leg I officiated between Lesotho and Seychelles in March as well my performance in the local league. This shows that we are making strides as this is not a small game," he said. 

Football Association of Malawi Competitions and Communications director, Gomezgani Zakazaka said CAF has also named the National Referees Chairperson Patrick Kapanga as a Match Commissioner for Group H match between Zambia and Comoros at the Heroes National Stadium in Lusaka on June 7.

The Group D match between Malawi and Ethiopia will be officiated by South African referees led by Abongile Thom, while Kgara Mokoena and Khamusi Razwimisani as first and second assistant referee respectively.