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The referee of the Mali-Tunisia match creates chaos at CAN.

The Africa Cup of Nations descend­ed into chaos on Wednes­day after farce scenes involv­ing the ref­er­ee in Mal­i’s con­tro­ver­sial 1–0 vic­to­ry over Tunisia.

Offi­cial Jan­ny Sikazwe gave the final whis­tle after just 85 min­utes before resum­ing play, but then sound­ed again with just 89 min­utes and 43 sec­onds left of the Group F clash.

His mis­take sparked a furi­ous reac­tion from the Tunisian bench, with boss Mond­her Kebaier furi­ous­ly grab­bing the Zam­bian ref­er­ee’s arm and point­ing his watch imme­di­ate­ly after the full-time whistle.

The Tunisian head coach was lat­er joined by his team behind the scenes in protest, with Kebaier fac­ing one of the lines­men to com­plain about the game’s untime­ly end as his side lost 1–0.

Secu­ri­ty per­son­nel had to sur­round Sikazwe, who ref­er­eed the 2018 World Cup in Rus­sia, and his two offi­cials at Limbe sta­di­um in Cameroon in order to keep angry Tunisian per­son­nel away from them.

Kebaier angri­ly grabbed the offi­cial’s arm and was joined by mem­bers of his back­stage staff
In the press con­fer­ence room we just saw the refs on the pitch dis­cussing what to do next and the fans are com­ing back.

Malian coach Mohamed Mag­a­s­souba’s post-match press con­fer­ence was then inter­rupt­ed, with African Foot­ball Con­fed­er­a­tion offi­cials barg­ing in and declar­ing the match would resume for the final three minutes.

Fans were then seen return­ing to the stands as offi­cials dis­cussed the bizarre sit­u­a­tion on the sideline.

How­ev­er, in a final dra­mat­ic twist, Tunisia appeared to refuse to come out and play the remain­der of the game, although ref­er­ee Sikazwe and Mali wait­ed for them on the pitch.

The Zam­bian offi­cial then whis­tled again to call off the game, mean­ing Mal­i’s 1–0 vic­to­ry will stand.

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