CAF Release Statement On Mali/Tunisia Chaos

David Kappel
January 13, 2022

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has responded to 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’s media department have now confirmed that the African football mother body are investigating the incidents around the game, with reports claiming the match official suffered from a heat stroke.

“In relation to the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations match between Tunisia and Mali played in Limbe on 12 January 2022, CAF is gathering all the necessary reports from the officials at the match,” the statement read.

“CAF is forwarding these documents to the competent bodies of CAF.

“At this stage, CAF is not in a position to make further comment until the responsible bodies indicate the way forward.”

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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