Zambian referee Janny Sikazwe caused controversy by blowing for full-time five minutes early in the Africa Cup of Nations match between Mali and Tunisia in Limbe, Cameroon.

The performance of Zambian referee, Janny Sikazwe during the match between Mali and Tunisia at the ongoing African Cup of Nation confusing coach Mondher Kebaier said he had “never seen anything like it” after the referee on Wednesday blew the final whistle before the game had been completed.

Sikazwe signalled the end of the match and a 1-0 win for 10-man Mali in the coastal town of Limbe with the clock showing 89 minutes and 47 seconds.

He first blew the final whistle in the 85th minute and was reminded by VAR for him to have another ending in the 89th minute.

Highlights of Janny Sikazwe officiating today

– 48′ Sikazwe awards Mali a penalty after a Tunisian player Ellyes Shkiri is adjudged to have handled in the box. Mali converts through Ibrahima Kone.

– 76′ Sikazwe awards a penalty to Tunisia after he is tipped by VAR. Wahbi Khazri misses as the Malian goalkeeper saves.

– 85′ Sikazwe blows for the final whistle despite the clock showing that five minutes were remaining. Game restarts.

-87′ Malian player El Bilal Toure who had replaced Moussa Djenepo six minutes earlier receives a straight red card for a challenge on a Tunisian player.

– 89′ Sikazwe finally blows for the final whistle for the end of the match which sees the Tunisians fuming.


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