Janny Sikazwe, Zambian referee makes costly mistake in Mali’s win over Tunisia

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The ongoing AFCON tournament has sparked to life as the latest controversy saw referee Janny Sikazwe twice blows too early for full-time in Mali’s 1-0 win over Tunisia.

Janny Sikazwe, Zambian referee makes costly mistake in Mali's win over Tunisia

Mali and Tunisia faced off on Wednesday afternoon in their first group stage game and it was an entertaining game before things took a different turn.

The Zambian official caused controversy as he first blew the full-time whistle in the 85th minute, before again whistling before the 90-minute mark

Janny Sikazwe initially blew his whistle to indicate the end of the match in the 85h minute, before play resumed after the error only for Sikazwe to again blow before the 90th minute.

The game finished after the second mistake, with around 17 seconds of normal time still on the clock, sparking outrage from Tunisia’s players and coaching staff, who were attempting to overturn a 1-0 deficit.

Though the match was asked to be restart from the 89th minute, Tunisia players refused to come back onto the pitch.

What happens next for Tunisia?

Janny Sikazwe has taken the spotlight in this particular fixtures and his performance will surely be debated by fans and pundits.

Tunisia might be looking to lodge a complaint to CAF but chances that the game will be replayed are due to the time difference.

Mali will be given the three-point and Tunisia have two games to confirm their place in the next stage of the tournament.

Tunisia will be facing Mauritania in their next game and they will be eager to win all three-point.

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Who is Janny Sikazwe

Janny Sikazwe is ranked as one of the biggest refree in Africa as he’s gone to officiate at the biggest stage.

He was one of the referees for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

Sikazwe refereed at the 2016 FIFA Club World Cup Final in Japan, and the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Final in Gabon.

He was selected to officiate at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia and was the first Zambian refree to attain such feat.

Janny Sikazwe controversies

The match against Tunisia was not the first time Sikazwe will be caught in a dramatic scene.

On October 2018, he got provisionally suspended by the CAF Disciplinary Board on suspicion of corruption following the way he handled a CAF Champions League match.

The match saw Espérance de Tunis won 4–2 in semifinal second leg over Primeiro de Agosto and Janny Sikazwe was penalized.

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