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Zambian Referee Sparks Fury After Ending AFCON Match Prematurely Twice

Zambian Referee Sparks Fury After Ending AFCON Match Prematurely Twice

A Group F Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) match between Tunisia and Mali degenerated into a farce after it was prematurely ended by the referee, not once, but twice on Wednesday.

The Zambian official Janny Sikazwe angered Tunisian players and staff, by appearing to whistle for full-time in the 86th minute.

Sikazwe then ordered play to resume, but then again blew the whistle to end the match after 89 minutes and 47 seconds.

Mali were leading 1-0  through a penalty scored by Ibrahima Koné on 48 minutes but a man down after El Bilal Toure was red-carded in the 87th minute.

Furious staff from Tunisia rushed towards the referee and stewards had to escort Sikazwe and his assistants off the pitch.

Efforts were made to restart the match from the 89th minute, 40 minutes after the controversy began.

However, Tunisia refused to return to the pitch, and Mali, who had come out again, were declared the winners and Sikazwe ended the game for a third time.

Media reports in Tunisia suggest that the country’s football association has filed an official complaint to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) about the refereeing performance.

Tunisia has also requested for the match to be replayed. Tunisia’s coach, Mondher Kebaier, said:

The players were taking ice baths for 35 minutes before they were called back out again.I’ve been coaching for a long time never seen anything like it.

Even the fourth official was preparing to lift the board [to show how many minutes of injury time] and then the whistle was blown …

The referee’s decision is inexplicable; I can’t understand how he reached it. We’ll see what comes of it.

More: The Guardian

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33 Comments

DC 5 months ago

Is there a Zimbabwean referee at the tournament? Takutotya kuti angaitawo minana tikanyara zvedu


Jay@gmail.com 5 months ago

@mboko asi unogara ku Hwange ku #3 here iwe kkkkkkkkkkk.....

Bright 5 months ago

Ummmm hoo asi aitaura pa super sport ndakanzwa achiti from Zimbabwe ka ini

Bright 5 months ago

Akuna akaenda uku pane mumwe akamboenda vakamudzosa nekukasika

MuGrade 2 5 months ago

He gave them enough time to equaliser so he made a decision by ending e match.. Those Arabs claim that they are not Africans,so they should feel it..e referee should have ended it in the 60mins


DENLAW SECURITY SERVICES 5 months ago

Mutoriroo uyo siyayi Ref anga akutsomwa tsomo tsomo


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Stranger From the Forest 5 months ago

PROBABLY SOMEONE HAD TEMPERED WITH THE REF'S WATCH & PUT IT FIVE MINUTES AHEAD, RESULTING IN THE MATCH ENDING IN THE 85th MINUTE OR THE REFEREE HAS HIS OWN REASON WHY HE DID THAT. WE DEFINITELY NEED AN EXPLANATION FROM HIM. WE'VE NEVER WITNESSED SUCH DRAMA.


Tafman 5 months ago

Sprinting stomach ndoyakabata refree avo. Vakaita nhafu pachikafu apa, vakadya zvavasingazivi muhotera.ko kungoti sadza&stew kee zvawajaira


Trinity kugera 5 months ago

A refree's desition is final


MaFyt 5 months ago

Haaa amana, wedu paMalawi akangodaro chese chine history inoti malawi medu muno chondiona bcoz ndizvo zvinonga zvakonzeresa kuda kuveksa ma#WARRIORS,

GO WARRIORS GO


Nimrod mandishona 5 months ago

Guys since handisati ndaona ref akadaro kana iwo ma Zambians umm Anyara shuwa.twice achipedza bhora uye kana red card raapa munhu we mali harisi red card riya.anofanirwa kunoongororwa brain dzake something zvikuitika paari mupfungwa chaimo


Brian 5 months ago

Iwe ndanyara mhoti arohwa nehana ka ndofunga I first time yake kuita ref ku afcon pamwe caf ichamupinza pa tight

WILLIAM SONBOY CHINEMBIRI 5 months ago

SOME OUR COLLEAGUES ARE SUGGESTING THAT THE REFEREE PERHAPS NEEDED TO VISIT THE TOILET. THAT IS CHARTERED FOR. THERE IS A FOURTH REFEREE. HE SHOULD HAVE TAKEN OVER THE DUTIES WHILE THE REFEREE VISITED THE TOILET.

THE PUNISHMENT I FORESEE GIVEN TO THE REFEREE IS THAT THE RESULTS OF THE GAME WILL STAND, THE REFEREE SENT BACK TO ZAMBIA AND SUSPENDED FROM REFERRING FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS.


Welsh 5 months ago

Oh yes seems like intshengu yase Zambia sispan. Umuntu seze ezihls


Fingerz 5 months ago

Mutoriro chaiwo hakuna zvakadai, 🤣🤣😂😂🤣😂🤣


Fingerz 5 months ago

Mutoriro chaiwo hakukana zvakadai, 🤣🤣😂😂🤣😂🤣


WILLIAM SONBOY CHINEMBIRI 5 months ago

EVERY GAME OF SPORTS HAS GOT RULES WHICH APPLY TO IT. IN FOOTBALL ONE OF THE RULES SAY THAT THE REFEREE'S DECISION IS FINAL.

IN THIS CASE MALI CANNOT BE PUNISHED BY ORDERING A REPLAY. IF THE REFEREE MADE A MISTAKE AS HE CLEARLY DID, WILL BE PUNISHED HIMSELF, NOT MALI.

WE WILL SEE WHAT AFCON ADMINISTRATORS ARE GOING TO DECIDE.

YOURS SINCERELY
CDE KUFA KWANGU ZVAROVA
{ THE BUSH LAWYER }


MuGrade 2 5 months ago

That wasn't a decision buh a bizarre incident by the referee..Caf can order a replay or anything that will serve as justice

Bright 5 months ago

Pamati decision ya ref is final manyepa apa zvimwe zvese yaa bt politics ndikokwenyu chaiko not bhiro paya anyepa ref uya aa imi kkkk musapusise vanhu pano

FIFA 5 months ago

I think the reason for ending the match prematurely is attributed to referee's desperation to relief himself. I cannot rule out "manyoka" in this instance. Zvanga zvarema referee akawona kuti 7 minutes additional time was going to be too long a time until he gets to his next destination. We all know how this crazy "human jelly" behaves - not even a tightly inserted plug is capable of withstanding the pressure associated with this explosive "human jelly". The referee had no choice, but to blow the final whistle on 89mins & 47secs. The possible 7 mins additional time - golden from Tunians' perspective - meant nothing to the toilet-bound Zambian referee !! Safety first.... Destination : " Gents"


Bright 5 months ago

Kkkkkkk apa wataura chokwadi apa

Godaz 5 months ago

Aive awanza mbanje🚬🚬 uyo or ndewe Zec


Stage Managed 5 months ago

Refree ndewe Zanu Pf uyo kkk. Anga akatopfeka regalia mukati


Zimbabwe🇿🇼 5 months ago

State managed wakapenga😂😂😂😂😂💦

Brian 5 months ago

Kkkk haaa ndamunyarira ko kuzoita nharo shuwa ungapedze bhora 2 times chokwadi ndaiti zviri muno ch


Doroguru 5 months ago

Maiti musombo unorova vapfana vepa Zimba chete nhai 🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣🤣😂🤣


Dikaz 5 months ago

He is from our next door that is what we do here in southenAfrica get used to it Arab boys yes now we took it to the high level.. kukona kuno tiri maZANU munoti filler chete patinosvika isu masouthen africans


Skhumba 5 months ago

😂😂😂😂

Bright 5 months ago

Bla dikaz makati muri right hre zanu ne bhora zvapinda papi matsva nenhamo ka

MuGrade 2 5 months ago

The referee was drunk


Bright 5 months ago

Pa tv apadeedzerwe bhora hr iwe ztv yangw ichiburitsa want dako ramai

Nimrod mandishona 5 months ago

Ho ndosaka uchingotaura zve zanu pese pese nepazvisingade kupinda kana kutaurwa unonzwa bhora pa chi Bluetooth nhai kkkkk hayas.

Bright 5 months ago

Ndarohwa nehana ka munhu anga achideedzera bhora ati from Zimbabwe ka haaa ndanda dhiniwa


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