Posted in: 14/01/2022 – 14:26
The Organizing Committee of the African Cup of Nations decided to reject the Tunisian team’s appeal against the outcome of the controversial meeting it had with Mali, as the referee ended the match in a strange way before the 90th minute, which angered the players of the Carthage Eagles, who were late with one goal for nothing and those seeking a equaliser. The meeting came in the first round of Group F of the African Nations Cup.
The Confederation of African Football ("CAF") rejected Thursday night Friday protest Tunisian national team To finish his match against his Malian counterpart before its normal time in the first round of Group F competitions within African Nations Cup In Cameroon, relying on the loss of the "Carthage Eagles" 0-1.
“After reviewing Tunisia’s protest and the report of all match officials, the organizing committee decided to reject the Tunisian team’s protest and adopt the match result 1-0 in favor of Mali,” the Confederation said in a statement.
In a strange and rare incident, the match witnessed a controversial end when the Zambian referee, Jani Zikazwe, blew the final whistle in the 89:42 minute before the end of the original time, knowing that it is self-evident and it is expected that there will be time instead of lost, amid strong objection from the technical staff and the Tunisian team players . However, the ruling did not appeal.
He also did this in the 86th minute, announcing the end of the match, before realizing that he was wrong and completing the confrontation.
This end angered the Tunisian technical staff and the players, and coach Munther Al-Kabeer approached the referee, pointing to his watch and telling him that the time was not over yet, but to no avail, before the refereeing staff came out with a security escort.
Minutes after the players entered the dressing room, one of the main assistant referees returned and the two teams were called back to the field to complete the match, while the Mali players returned, their Tunisian counterparts did not return.
A CAF official told AFP that the match should have ended, with three minutes remaining, but the Tunisian team did not return to the field, prompting the referee to end it.
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