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AFCON: Zambian referee ends Tunisia, Mali match twice before 90mins

Zambian referee, Janny Sikazwe caused utter chaos at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) when he blew the final whistle twice before the 90minutes mark during the game between Mali and Tunisia in Group F.

The referee, who endured a poor game throughout the day, threw the reputation of the competition under the bus with his bizarre decisions which got the Tunisian bench furious as they eventually lost 1-0.

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It was interesting that the Mali coach was told during a press conference that his team had to go back out to play the rest of the encounter, but Tunisia refused after their opponents had already re-appeared on the pitch.

A 48th minute penalty by Ibrahima Kone was what was required to settle the encounter but Tunisia had the opportunity to draw level, when they were awarded a penalty of their own but Captain Wahbi Khazri missed it.

However, the biggest highlight of the game was the Zambian referee. First he seemed to blow three times to end the game just 85 minutes into the match but restarted it after a protest by the Tunisians. Then he sent off Mali’s El Bilal Toure despite the VAR advising him that it wasn’t a sending off.

The referee then blew the final whistle at the 89th minute, a minute early and with obviously no stoppages either, despite red cards, VAR reviews and water break and penalties.

From then on, it was chaos as Tunisia protested wildly but all fell on the deaf ears of the referee, who walked away in the company of heavy security officials.

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