There was late drama in Mali’s 1-0 win over Tunisia after Zambian referee Janny Sikazwe twice ended the Group F AFCON match prematurely in Limbe.

Sikazwe was the centre of attention when he blew the final whistle in 85th minute before he continued play after realising that he got his timings wrong.

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He then ended the game in the 89th minute without additional time!

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Tunisia officials expressed their discontent and protested the awful decision.

And there was still more drama to come.

The post match conference was cancelled as officials ruled that teams should play out the remaining minutes.

Mali returned on the pitch about 20 minutes later but Tunisia refused and Sikazwe, for the third time, ended the game as Mali were declared winners.

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Tunisia coach Mondher Kebaier said: “The referee blew the whistle at the 85 minute mark at the 89 minute mark, it’s lunar. He deprived us of concentration.”

“We did not want to resume because the players had already taken their baths, deconcentrated and demoralized in the face of this gruesome situation.”

The dramatic game had two penalties and a red card!

Ibrahima Kone scored from the spot after handball by Ellyes Joris Skhiri for the game’s only game.

But Tunisia’s captain Wahbi Khazri fluffed their penalty thanks to a save by goalkeeper Bosso Ibrahim.


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Brian Kawalya is an Award winning Journalist, Director and Chief Sports Writer of The-SportsNation, covering top events and breaking some of the biggest stories.

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