Afcon: Zambian referee ends Tunisia vs Mali match twice before 90 minutes

Janny Sikazwe

Referee Janny Sikazwe blew the final whistle early twice during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations fixture between Tunisia and Mali. He ended the game 17 seconds before the 90-minute mark. The game ended after 89 minutes and 43 seconds.

The entire coaching staff of Tunisia was spotted protesting and questioning the official’s decision to end the game before time.

Referee Janny Sikazwe from Zambia, ended the game in the 85th minute before asking the players to carry on after realizing his mistake.

The Zambian referee awarded two controversial penalties for handball where Mali scored their spot-kick while Tunisia missed. He also gave a Malian midfielder El Bilal Toure, a red card which most people think wasn’t a deserving one.

Referee Sikazwe is known for refereeing the 2017 AFCON final between Cameroon and Egypt, the 2016 Club World Cup final, and two games at the 2018 World Cup.

In 2018, Referee Janny Sikazwe was suspended by the Confederation of African Football following a CAF Champions League match. He was accused of corruption following the match between Esperance and Primiero Agosto. The suspension was lifted in 2019 after he was cleared of wrongdoing.

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