For its entry into the CAN, Mali won the shock of group F against Tunisia (1-0), this Wednesday Limb. A meeting marked by the total cracking of the Zambian referee, Janny Sikazwe.
Mali took the upper hand over Tunisia Limb.
If the CAN got off to a very slow start with very little spectacle during the first 9 games (9 goals), this fourth day gave us totally lunar scenes. In the shock of Group F won by Mali against Tunisia (1-0), this Wednesday, thanks to a penalty from Ibrahima Kon, referee Janny Sikazwe completely lost his means in the last moments.
The referee loses his means
Indeed, the Zambian, yet renowned as one of the best whistles in Africa, liquidated Limb. It started in the 85th minute when he decided to blow the whistle at the end of the game. Aware of his blunder, the 42-year-old man, put under pressure by Tunisians in total misunderstanding, reversed his decision to restart the match, the time to expel El Bilal Tour for a sole on Dylan Bronn. Before another cracking of the man in black.
And for good reason, the one who officiates for his fifth CAN put a definitive end to the meeting in the 89th minute and 45 seconds. A totally unjustified decision, especially since the two selectors made nine changes in the second period. Without counting the three checks of the VAR for the two whistled penalties and for the red released at the end of the match, but also the cool break. So at least 5 minutes of additional time could have been added!
The hystric Tunisian bench
Despite the hysteria of the Tunisian bench and the complaints of Mondher Kebaier, the Zambian referee did not want to know anything. Even more unfair, the fourth referee was about to post additional time on his panel before exchanging in a muscular manner with the technician from the Carthage Eagles. A legitimate anger which should not decrease in the coming hours while the 2004 African champion, in numerical superiority, could have sought the equalization with a few additional minutes.
Even crazier, the match could have resumed, without Janny Sikazwe, but with his assistant as the main referee, 45 minutes after the final whistle. Interrupted at a press conference, the Malian coach, Mohamed Magassouba returned to the edge of the lawn with his players. Problem, their opponents did not want to play the remaining minutes since they obviously refused to appear on the green rectangle, some of them were already on the bus to the hotel … A very bad image for Africa football, which did not need this …
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