Mali beats Tunisia 1-0 in a contentious Group F match African Cup of Nations (AFCON) Twice ended early by referee Janny Sikazwe, who later tried to play for the final four minutes but the North African refused.
Zambian Janny Sikazwe, who was referee at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, originally blew the final whistle at 85 minutes because his timing was completely wrong.
But after continuing the game, he made another mistake, blowing again before the clock reached 90 minutes.
Tunisia was furious as officials stormed the pitch to protest, but the post-match press conference was in full swing with the award of the best player trophy before African Football Confederation (CAF) officials decided the minutes remaining. is played.
Mali came on again 40 minutes after the controversy began, but Tunisia refused to continue the game and Sikazvi ended the game for the third time.
“The players took a 35-minute ice bath before being called back,” Tunisian coach Mondje Kobel told reporters.
“I’ve been coaching for a long time and I’ve never seen anything like this. Even the four officials are ready to lift the board [to show minutes of injury time] Then the whistle sounded. “
The match was also a tale of two penalties as Mali striker Ibrahima Kone converted his attempt after a handball, but Tunisia’s Wahbi Khazri could not follow suit as his effort was saved by goalkeeper Ibrahima Mounkoro 13 minutes later.
After a dreary first half, Mari got off to a bright start in the second half when Boubacar Kiki Kuyat’s shot hit Elia just a minute later when the Tunisian midfielder had his back on the ball. Maris Skiri’s hand, Mari wins the penalty.
Kone stepped up to convert the penalty and put his team ahead.
Tunisia won the penalty in the 77th minute, Moussa Djenepo had the ball, and after consulting the video assistant referee, Sikazvi awarded the penalty.
But Khazri’s fierce shot was repelled by Moncoro with an excellent save.
Mari ended the game with 10 players and was slightly late for a serious red card when Erbilal Toure fought for the ball with Dylan Bron.
“These are administrative issues. We were told to go back to the pitch because the game is not over,” said Mali coach Mohamed Magasuba.
“Unfortunately, the opposition teams didn’t want to come back and the final whistle blew,” he added.