Fam official appointed assistant coordinator for Under-20 Afcon finals
The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has appointed Football Association of Malawi (Fam) Communications and Competitions Director Gomezgani Zakazaka as one of the match officials for the TotalEnergies Under-20 Afcon finals in Egypt.
The tournament kicks off on Sunday, February 19 2023.
Fam released a statement that Zakazaka will be Assistant General Coordinator at Suez Canal Stadium in Ismaillia between February 14 and March 6, which will be the home for Group B teams comprising Uganda, Central Africa Republic, South Sudan and Congo.
“I feel honoured with the appointment. It is a huge platform for me and I would like to thank Caf for the recognition and opportunity to continue learning,” Zakazaka told Fam website.
Zakazaka has handled several matches including Cosafa Cup, World Cup qualifiers and home matches for Malawi in Afcon.
Fam General Secretary Alfred Gunda hailed Zakazaka for showing great professionalism.
“This shows that Caf holds our officials in high esteem for the good work they are doing. We are hopeful this will encourage other match officials to work harder to get to this point,” Gunda said.
This will be a second high-profile Caf assignment for Zakazaka, who was designated for the same role at the 2021 Caf Super Cup in Doha, Qatar.
In the past four years, Zakazaka has been general coordinator at eight Cosafa competitions including two Men’s Senior Championships in 2021 and 2022.
Malawian assistant referee Clemence Kanduku also officiated at the just ended Caf TotalEnergies African Nations Championship in Algeria.