Monday, January 24

Zambian Referee Sikazwe mars beauty of Mali, Tunisia game

Zambia Referee Janny Sikazwe ended the thrilling AFCON game between Mali and Tunisia this afternoon before the 90th minute mark.

After a water break (cool off) that lasted about two minutes coupled with a few stoppages, many expected at least five minutes of time-added.

Instead, Referee Sikazwe decided to end it all with seconds before the 90 minutes, triggering fierce protests from the Tunisians, who lost 2-1.

The game was also characterised by a chain of controversial decisions from the referee, who on November 20, 2018, was provisionally suspended by the CAF Disciplinary Board on suspicion of corruption, following his handling of the CAF Champions League second leg semis between Espérance de Tunis and Primeiro de Agosto.

The referee’s performance showed why involvment of African Referees in World Cup games is usually a matter of afterthought rather than priority.

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