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CAF throws out Tunisia’s protest at AFCON



Referee Sikazwe (left) had to be escorted off the pitch by security officials after infuriating Tunisia


Tunisia’s dreams of seeing their controversial 0-1 loss to Mali overturned and replayed has been dashed, The Organising Committee of the  Africa Cup of Nations Cameroon 2021 has decided that the result of the match should stand.

It is however silent on the Zambian referee, Janny Sikazwe who threw the match into confusion after initially blowing off the game at  85 minutes 11 seconds instead of at 90 minutes.

When he chose to continue the match, he again ended it some 35 seconds to full time. Tunisia who refused to come out again to complete the few seconds remaining, protested as they wanted the entire match to be replayed.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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