CAN 2022: Tunisia-Mali referee whistles the end of the match (twice) too early

CAN – A gruesome end to the game. Mali won 1-0 (thanks to a penalty scored by Ibrahima Koné) against Tunisia on Wednesday January 12 in the first match of Group F of the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations. yet had its dose of twists and turns, to the great misfortune of Tunisians.

As they pushed to equalize in the dying moments of the game, referee of the day Janny Sikazwe first whistled the end of the match in the 85th minute, five minutes too early. Before realizing his mistake in the face of the wrath of the Tunisian bench.

While the meeting seemed to have resumed normally, the person concerned has, as you can see below, again sounds the final whistle. Seconds before the end of regulation time this time, when nine changes had been made, Malian striker El Bilal Toure had just been sent off and the assistant referee was probably preparing to announce additional time.

This time, the entire Tunisian delegation got carried away. With, at its head, the coach Mondher Kebaier frantically waving his watch under the noses of the officials. The referee quartet had to go out escorted by security in the face of the fury of the Carthage Eagles.

That’s not all: 20 minutes after the (second) final whistle, the Malian players were called back to resume the match. But their opponents have chosen not to return to the lawn, and could file a complaint in the coming hours.

Zambian Janny Sikazwe, who referees his fifth CAN, had provisionally been suspended for corruption in 2018 by the African Football Confederation (CAF), before being rehabilitated in January 2019.

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