The players were called back after 40 minutes to end the game, but Tunisia refused to play.
A game in the group stage at the Africa Cup of Nations was thrown into chaos after the final whistle was whistled twice before the full 90 minutes.
Zambian referee Janny Sikawe was in charge of the Group F game between Tunisia and Mali when he initially ended the game after 85 minutes.
After the game was resumed, he ended the game in the 90th minute, despite some Interruptions, including two VAR checks.
Mali won the game 1-0 thanks to a penalty from Ibrahima Kone after Tunisia’s Wahbi Khazri saved a shot from the penalty spot by Mali goalkeeper Ibrahima Mounkoro 13 minutes from time.The post-game presentations were in full swing before the Confederation of African Football (CAF) officials decided that the remaining minutes should be played.
Mali’s player returned to the field 40 minutes after the false final whistle, but Tunisia refused to play and Mr Sikazwe finished the game for the third and final time.
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There has not yet been an official statement from the tournament organizers, but Tunisia’s head coach Mondher Kebaier was visibly annoyed after the game.
🔴⚪ Mondher Kebaier: « Ça fait 30 ans que je suis dans ce domaine et c ‘est la 1re fois que je vois cette situation.Cette décision est inexplicable, je n’arrive pas à comprendre comment il l’a pris. On verra ce qu’il adviendra « . (@ Mesli_Dounia) #TUNMLI # CAN2021 #TeamTunisia pic .twitter.com/gTb4DsjWLa
He and his staff stormed the pitch in protest and said after the game: « I’ve been in this business for 30 years and it’s the first time I’ve seen this situation.
« This decision is inexplicable, I cannot understand how he made it. We’ll see what happens. «
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