Soccer – Africa Cup – Group F – Tunisia v Mali – Limbe Omnisport Stadium, Limbe, Cameroon – January 12th 2022 Mali’s Ibrahima Kone celebrates with Hamari Traore and Amadou Haidara REUTERS / Mohamed Abd El Ghany. their first goal
LIMBE, Cameroon: Mali beat Tunisia 1-0 against Tunisia in a controversial Group F game at the Africa Cup, which was prematurely ended by referee Janny Sikazwe.
The Zambia Sikazwe, who reigned at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, whistled for the final whistle after 85 minutes because he made his time measurement completely wrong.
But after playing on he repeated the mistake when he did it again blew to full time before the clock reached 90 minutes.
Tunisia was furious and officials stormed the field in protest, but the trophy for the Man of the Game was presented and the post-game press conferences were in full swing before the Confederation of African Football (CAF) officials decided to play the remaining minutes.
Mali came on 40 minutes after the controversy began, but Tunisia refused to continue and Sikazwe finished the game for the third time.
The game was also a story of two Penalties when Mali’s striker Ibrahima Kone converted his attempt from a handball, but Tunisia’s Wahbi Khazri failed to follow as his shot was saved by goalkeeper Ibrahima Mounkoro 13 minutes from time.
The result follows the trend of 1-0 -Win the finals, making it the seventh in the 10 games played so far. The second Group F game will be played later on Wednesday between Mauritania and Gambia.
After a boring first half, Mali got off to a brilliant start into the second half and received a penalty after just one minute when Boubacar Kiki Kouyate’s shot hit Elyas Skhiri’s hand as the Tunisian midfielder turned his back on the ball.
Dylan Bronn forced a first save from Mali’s goalkeeper Ibrahima Mounkoro with a 35-yard shot that the glove man had to push for a corner, but Tunisia had even better chances to equalize.
This time it was Moussa Djenepo who Handled the ball and after consulting the VAR, Sikazwe gave the penalty kick.
But Khazri’s heavy shot was knocked out by Mounkoro when the keeper made an excellent stop.
Mali ended the game with 10 players after a tough red card to El Bilal Toure when he for the ball with Dylan Bronn challenged and was just too late.
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