The Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Thursday rejected the reservation made by the Tunisian team after Zambian referee Janny Sikazwe announced the end of the Tunisia-Mali match in the 89th minute.
The Organizing Committee for the 2022 African Cup of Nations announced in a press release on Thursday that it has decided “the rejection of the reservation formulated by the Tunisian team” and “the approval of the final result of the match as being 1-0 in favor of Mali”.
While Mali led (0-1) in the first CAN-2022 group F match against Tunisia on Wednesday, the end of the match turned into a comedy.
Without reason, the Zambian referee of the match, Janny Sikazwe, stopped the match for the first time in the 85th minute.
After obviously turning that too-early whistle into a cool break, he then got the game restarted, but stopped it for good seconds from the end of the 90th minute, before a hypothetical even started. additional time, likely given the many substitutions.
This premature end to the match caused indignation in the Tunisian camp, which hoped to be able to equalize in these precious last minutes.
The Carthage Eagles delegation rushed to the field to ask for explanations.
The referees had to come out under security escort in the face of the anger of the Tunisians.
“He practically deprives us of seven or eight minutes of added time. His decision is inexplicable,” Tunisia coach Mondher Kebaier denounced at a press conference after the match.
To explain the decision of the central referee, the boss of the referees on this CAN, put forward a medical reason.
Mr. Essam Abdel-Fatah underlined in a press release that Sikazwe had suffered a sunstroke which made him lose his concentration and that he had been transported to the hospital after the meeting to undergo examinations.
Group F matches will continue on Sunday with the second day and the Gambia-Mali (2 p.m.) and Tunisia-Mauritania (5 p.m.) matches.