Mali’s 1-0 victory against Tunisia in the first match at the totalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations Cameroon 2021 will stand, despite the controversy caused by referee Janny Sikazwe over the two early final whistles blew.
The Organising Committee of the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations Cameroon 2021 met on Thursday to deliberate on the match between Tunisia and Mali.
After examining the protest of Tunisia and all the match officials report, the Organising Committee decided the following:
- To dismiss the protest lodged by the Tunisian team.
- To homologate the match result as 1-0 in favour of Mali.
How it happens
The referee was Janny Sikazwe of Zambia and provided sheer chaos in the Africa Cup of Nations match.
First he seemed to blow three times to end the game just 85 minutes into the match, it restarted and he sent off Mali’s El Bilal Toure.
The referee then blew the final whistle at the 89th minute, a minute early and with obviously no stoppages either, despite red cards, VAR reviews and penalties.
While the game restarted on Wednesday after Sikazwe prematurely ended it after 85 minutes, he then blew full time when the game reached 89 minutes and 47 seconds.
About three minutes of injury time had been expected.
About 30 minutes later, the officials tried to complete the remaining minutes in Limbe, Cameroon on Wednesday.
But Tunisia refused to come back out to restart the match, with the coach saying his players were already in their ice baths by then.
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