Massive Commotion in the AFCON match between Mali and Tunisia which was was simply insane. With a slew of 1-0 triumphs, the competition has gotten off to a slow start.
That was the case between Tunisia and Mali once again, but that only told half the picture.
Mali triumphed 1-0, but the game devolved into mayhem near the conclusion. The referee appeared to want Mali to win because he was in a hurry to terminate the game so he could celebrate.
In the 85th minute, referee Janny Sikazwe attempted to blow for full-time. He quickly realized his error, and the game was restarted.
When it did, he sent Mali’s El Bilal Toure out for a dangerous tackle. Despite VAR’s request that he come over for a second look, he stuck to his guns.
Then, 20 seconds before the 90 minutes were up, Sikazwe blew for full-time.
Despite two lengthy VAR checks in the second half, the first of which resulted in Tunisia being awarded a penalty, which Wahbi Khazri failed to convert.
Carnage to the max.
We can only presume that during the water break, the referee forgot to stop his watch and lost track of time. However, the fourth official or one of his helpers could have undoubtedly assisted him.
Ibrahima Kone’s penalty in the 48th minute proved to be the game’s only goal.
With 13 minutes remaining, Tunisia was given the perfect opportunity to equalize with a penalty of their own, but Khazri missed from 12 yards.
The match then deteriorated into chaos as a result of the referee’s actions.
After blowing up early TWICE and controversially sending Toure out, Sikazwe managed to upset both sets of teams.
85′: Referee blows the final whistle but then restarts play
87′: He sends off Mali player for a yellow card offence
89′: Blows the final whistle a second time, despite 2 lengthy VAR checks and a drinks break
After that, CAF officials said the match would be restarted for the last three minutes.
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That wasn’t the end of it, though.
The news conference was stopped after the two sides had left the pitch because AFCON officials insisted that the match be completed with Sikazwe being replaced as referee by the fourth official.
Tunisia, on the other hand, refused to return to the field, knowing that if the 90 minutes were not completed, he would have grounds to appeal.
Tunisia was understandably upset with the referee at full-time – who knows? They might have gotten a draw if it hadn’t been for the pause and start.
This is the first time we’ve heard any of it. Absolutely hilarious…