AFCON 2021: CAF Speaks on Tunisia vs Mali Game Crisis

CAF has issued initial reaction to the crisis that took place in Tunisia vs Mali game in the Africa Cup of Nations.

On Wednesday, Tunisia clashed with Mali in their opening group stage game of the Africa Cup of Nations.

The game ended with Mali as the victorious side with the result of 1-0, with the winning goal coming through Ibrahima Kone.

While the game was going smoothly, at the 85th minute, everything started to get chaotic on the pitch when referee Janny Sikazwe blew his full-time whistle five minutes early.

After that, a few seconds before the 90th-minute mark, the referee once again decided to end the game early without adding stoppage time which caused a huge upset among the Tunisian players and coaching staff.

The situation got even more complicated later when CAF ordered the game to resume after the players had already left the pitch.

Mali’s players returned to the pitch appearing ready to play the final few minutes; however, the Tunisian side refused to restart the game.

Today, Thursday, CAF issued an official statement declaring they will be collecting official reports to make a decision regarding the match.

The statement reads; “In relation to the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations match between Tunisia and Mali played in Limbe on 12 January 2022, CAF is gathering all the necessary reports from the officials at the match.

“CAF is forwarding these documents to the competent bodies of CAF.

“At this stage, CAF is not in a position to make further comment until the responsible bodies indicate the way forward.”

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