AFCON 2021: Tunisia Demands Replay of their Game with Mali

Following the mistake made by referee Janny Sikazwe, Tunisia’s football federation (FTF) has sent a written note to the Confederation of African Football (Caf) to complain about their game with Mali ending 13 seconds earlier than the standard time. The Tunisians were trailing 1-0 when Zambian referee Janny Sikazwe, who had suffered sunstroke, blew early.

Tunisia Files Reports to CAF to Replay their Game Against Mali

He had already whistled for full-time after 85 minutes, only to notice his error and continue the match. Reacting to this, FTF official Hussein Jenaieh said: “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 detail when asked about the nature of Tunisia’s complaint, which he confirmed.

Afcon 2021: Tunisia Demands Replay Of Their Game With Mali
Afcon 2021: Tunisia Demands Replay Of Their Game With Mali

Regex speaking about it, said: “the complaint also says: “As long as the file is in the hands of the Caf committees, we cannot speak out.” Match referee Sikazwe reportedly had to go to the 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. 

But by that time, the Tunisian team had already undressed, and some of the players had gone to shower. While Mali turned up, because they didn’t come out, the match was given to Mali. It “was gathered that the referee Janny Sikazwe had sunstroke, which affected his decisions in the game, and so was even told to go the hospital. 

Afcon 2021: Tunisia Demands Replay Of Their Game With Mali

It was asp gathered that the sunstroke was because of the weather, which was very hot. Following the complaint made, they are forwarding the documents to the competent bodies of Caf. But Caf has, however, come out to say, “At this stage, Caf is not in a position to make further comment until the responsible bodies indicate the way forward.”

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