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CAF address Tunisia vs Mali game crisis in Africa Cup of Nations

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CAF address Tunisia vs Mali game crisis in Africa Cup of Nations

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CAF has issued an official statement regarding the crisis that took place in Tunisia vs Mali game in the Africa Cup of Nations.

Yesterday, Tunisia clashed with Mali in their opening group stage game of the Africa Cup of Nations.

The game ended with Mali as the victorious side with the result of 1-0, with the winning goal coming through Ibrahima Kone.

While the game was going smoothly, at the 85th minute, everything started to get chaotic on the pitch when referee Janny Sikazwe blew his full-time whistle five minutes early.

After that, a few seconds before the 90th-minute mark, the referee once again decided to end the game early without adding stoppage time which caused a huge upset among the Tunisian players and coaching staff.

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The situation got even more complicated later when CAF ordered the game to resume after the players had already left the pitch. Mali’s players returned to the pitch appearing ready to play the final few minutes; however, the Tunisian side refused to restart the game.

Today, CAF issued an official statement declaring they will be collecting official reports to make a decision regarding the match.

Full statement:

“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.

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


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Afcon 2021: Caf dismisses Tunisian complaint over match ending early

By Piers Edwards & Souhail Khmira

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Tunisia coach Mondher Kebaier (right) remonstrates with match officials after their match finished early

The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has dismissed a formal complaint lodged by Tunisia's football federation (FTF) about their game with Mali ending 13 seconds early.

In a statement, Caf said the Africa Cup of Nations organising committee met on Thursday and rejected the protest but gave no further explanation.

Caf also confirmed the result of Wednesday's game as a 1-0 win to Mali, which was the score when Zambian referee Janny Sikazwe, said to have suffered sunstroke, blew early.

He had already whistled for full-time after 85 minutes, only to notice his error and continue the match.

Earlier on Thursday, FTF official Hussein Jenaieh had insisted: "We will do whatever it takes to defend the rights of the national team. We are not children."

FTF media officer Kais Reguez refused to go into details when asked about the nature of Tunisia's complaint, which he did confirm.

Match referee Sikazwe reportedly had to go to hospital to recover after the match, which is why the fourth official was set to take charge of a failed attempt to restart the game over 20 minutes later.

While Mali turned up, Tunisia did not, since some of their players were taking ice baths. :lol: :lol:

"The referee had sunstroke, which affected his decisions in the game," Caf refereeing official Essam Abdul Fattah told Egyptian media. "After the game, he needed to go hospital because the weather was so hot."
:lol: :lol: :lol:

After their unexpected 0-0 draw against Sierra Leone, defending champions Algeria blamed their display on the heat in Cameroon.

How a farce evolved

Tunisia, the 2004 champions, came into the tournament knowing that a young and vibrant Mali side were likely to be their main group rivals.

Trailing with just five minutes of regulation time left, they were stunned when referee Sikazwe blew for full-time.

The Zambian later checked his timings and continued the game, sending off a Malian player in the meantime, only to then blow up with the clock showing 89 minutes and 47 seconds.

In extraordinary scenes, the Mali coach's 'post-match' press conference was interrupted as it was announced the game would have to re-start to conclude, which it never did.

"They asked us to get back on the pitch, we didn't - we had no idea what was going on," Tunisia defender Bilel Ifa told reporters.

"We hope the match is replayed. The referee had no idea what was going on since the beginning of the game."

Tunisia's assistant coach was left furious by both the incident and its possible reputational damage for the African game.

"Unfortunately, we cannot see things like this at this high level in Africa - African Football cannot move forward like this," Tunisia's assistant coach Jalel Kadri told reporters.

"The referee was "shaken" today. He was even hesitant to check the Video Assistant Referee (VAR), he didn't even know how to get to the VAR."

Full-blown chaos

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Tunisian backroom staff remonstrated with Sikazwe (left) on the pitch after he blew for full-time prematurely

Zambian official Sikazwe refereed two group-stage matches at the 2018 World Cup in Russia and took charge of the 2017 Nations Cup final.

His reported sunstroke would explain much of the chaos that followed from the 85th minute onwards.

"We understood nothing in the 85th minute - we were in shock," added Kadri.

"We spoke to the fourth official who said there was miscommunication between him and the main referee who might have misunderstood him. We resumed the match only for him to whistle again in the 89th minute."

"We headed to the fourth official who agreed the game still hadn't ended," FTF official Jenaiah told reporters.

"We complained it was the second time the referee had stopped the game prematurely.

"The fourth official first said the match will resume, but as he headed to the main referee, the latter said 'No, I blew the whistle, the game is over'."

https://www.bbc.com/sport/africa/59981733
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"The referee had sunstroke, which affected his decisions in the game," Caf refereeing official Essam Abdul Fattah told Egyptian media. "After the game, he needed to go hospital because the weather was so hot."

I knew he had a medical issue, brain fart, etc. But it was embarrassing, the other refs should have stepped in, correct the issue, and resume match to conclusion.
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Word is the Tunisians refused to play the remaining time hoping to get a full match replay instead.
In the end, however, the wisdom of preparing for the worst has its limits when — all things considered — it keeps us from doing what’s best.
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mcal wrote: Fri Jan 14, 2022 6:57 am "The referee had sunstroke, which affected his decisions in the game," Caf refereeing official Essam Abdul Fattah told Egyptian media. "After the game, he needed to go hospital because the weather was so hot."

I knew he had a medical issue, brain fart, etc. But it was embarrassing, the other refs should have stepped in, correct the issue, and resume match to conclusion.
"The fourth official first said the match will resume, but as he headed to the main referee, the latter said 'No, I blew the whistle, the game is over'."
What is the protocol if the center ref. puts their foot down on a wrong decision?
Altered mental status.
I hope it's not 'RONA that got to the ref.
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Kabalega wrote: Fri Jan 14, 2022 12:06 pm Word is the Tunisians refused to play the remaining time hoping to get a full match replay instead.
...true, because they, the Tunisians, were already taking their ice bath or shower while the Malian still in their joyous mood celebrating win were ready to come back out.
The whole sequence was bizarre though, I thought every match has a match commissioner on hand.
Any way CAF need to clarify and make a solid decision asap. The "crime" occurred in broad day light.
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iworo wrote: Fri Jan 14, 2022 1:14 am Afcon 2021: Caf dismisses Tunisian complaint over match ending early

By Piers Edwards & Souhail Khmira

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Tunisia coach Mondher Kebaier (right) remonstrates with match officials after their match finished early

The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has dismissed a formal complaint lodged by Tunisia's football federation (FTF) about their game with Mali ending 13 seconds early.

In a statement, Caf said the Africa Cup of Nations organising committee met on Thursday and rejected the protest but gave no further explanation.

Caf also confirmed the result of Wednesday's game as a 1-0 win to Mali, which was the score when Zambian referee Janny Sikazwe, said to have suffered sunstroke, blew early.

He had already whistled for full-time after 85 minutes, only to notice his error and continue the match.

Earlier on Thursday, FTF official Hussein Jenaieh had insisted: "We will do whatever it takes to defend the rights of the national team. We are not children."

FTF media officer Kais Reguez refused to go into details when asked about the nature of Tunisia's complaint, which he did confirm.

Match referee Sikazwe reportedly had to go to hospital to recover after the match, which is why the fourth official was set to take charge of a failed attempt to restart the game over 20 minutes later.

While Mali turned up, Tunisia did not, since some of their players were taking ice baths. :lol: :lol:

"The referee had sunstroke, which affected his decisions in the game," Caf refereeing official Essam Abdul Fattah told Egyptian media. "After the game, he needed to go hospital because the weather was so hot."
:lol: :lol: :lol:

After their unexpected 0-0 draw against Sierra Leone, defending champions Algeria blamed their display on the heat in Cameroon.

How a farce evolved

Tunisia, the 2004 champions, came into the tournament knowing that a young and vibrant Mali side were likely to be their main group rivals.

Trailing with just five minutes of regulation time left, they were stunned when referee Sikazwe blew for full-time.

The Zambian later checked his timings and continued the game, sending off a Malian player in the meantime, only to then blow up with the clock showing 89 minutes and 47 seconds.

In extraordinary scenes, the Mali coach's 'post-match' press conference was interrupted as it was announced the game would have to re-start to conclude, which it never did.

"They asked us to get back on the pitch, we didn't - we had no idea what was going on," Tunisia defender Bilel Ifa told reporters.

"We hope the match is replayed. The referee had no idea what was going on since the beginning of the game."

Tunisia's assistant coach was left furious by both the incident and its possible reputational damage for the African game.

"Unfortunately, we cannot see things like this at this high level in Africa - African Football cannot move forward like this," Tunisia's assistant coach Jalel Kadri told reporters.

"The referee was "shaken" today. He was even hesitant to check the Video Assistant Referee (VAR), he didn't even know how to get to the VAR."

Full-blown chaos

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Tunisian backroom staff remonstrated with Sikazwe (left) on the pitch after he blew for full-time prematurely

Zambian official Sikazwe refereed two group-stage matches at the 2018 World Cup in Russia and took charge of the 2017 Nations Cup final.

His reported sunstroke would explain much of the chaos that followed from the 85th minute onwards.

"We understood nothing in the 85th minute - we were in shock," added Kadri.

"We spoke to the fourth official who said there was miscommunication between him and the main referee who might have misunderstood him. We resumed the match only for him to whistle again in the 89th minute."

"We headed to the fourth official who agreed the game still hadn't ended," FTF official Jenaiah told reporters.

"We complained it was the second time the referee had stopped the game prematurely.

"The fourth official first said the match will resume, but as he headed to the main referee, the latter said 'No, I blew the whistle, the game is over'."

https://www.bbc.com/sport/africa/59981733
I don’t know what hole some of you guys crawl out of but what is remotely amusing about the ref suffering from adverse conditions? You have issues my friend❗️


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