Zambian referee’s officiating madness takes the sheen off Afcon

Tunisia's coach Mondher Kebaier (right) protests against Zambia referee Janny Sikazwe

Tunisia's coach Mondher Kebaier (right) protests against Zambia referee Janny Sikazwe during the Group 'F' Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) 2021 match between Tunisia and Mali at Limbe Omnisport Stadium in Limbe on January 12, 2022.
 

Photo credit: Issouf Sanogo | AFP

What you need to know:

  • If not for its absurdity, the befuddled referee’s comical stunt at the Omnisport Stadium during a Group 'F' fixture between Tunisia and Mali would have easily passed off as ingenious
  • It got worse after Sikazwe’s gaffe when tournament organisers attempted to get the two teams back on the pitch to play out the three minutes of stoppage time
  • Caf has since overruled an appeal by Tunisia to have the match replayed and further explained that the disgraced referee suffered sunstroke and had to go to hospital to recover after the match

Once upon a time there was the infamous 'Fergie Time’, that extra helping of added time, perceived or real, which salvaged many matches for Manchester United. Now, some fellow from Zambia has succeeded in reversing ‘Fergie Time’.  

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