The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has made a final decision on the chaos around Wednesday’s Africa Cup of Nations clash between Mali and Tunisia.
Mali were leading the tie 1-0 when match official Janny Sikazwe blew the full-time whistle in the 85th minute.
However, after noticing his mistake the game continued until minute 89 and 47 seconds before the official ended the match for a second time.
Around 20 minutes later, CAF officials ordered the match to resume for another three minutes but Tunisia refused to retake to the pitch, which could lead to their exclusion from the tournament.
CAF have now confirmed that they have dismissed the protest lodged by the Tunisian national team and the match will be recorded as a 1-0 win for Mali.
Full CAF statement below:
“The Organising Committee of the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations Cameroon 2021 met today to deliberate on the match between Tunisia and Mali played yesterday, 12 January 2022.
“After examining the protest of Tunisia and all the match officials report, the Organising Committee decided the following:
- To dismiss the protest lodged by the Tunisian team.
- To homologate the match result as 1-0 in favour of Mali.”
It remains unclear whether referee Sikazwe really suffered from a heat stroke or what were the reasons for his questionable officiating.
The two teams are scheduled to return to action on Sunday, 16 January when Mali face Gambia and Tunisia will meet Mauritania.
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