AFCON 2021: Real reason referee Janny Sikazwe stopped Tunisia vs Mali early


Janny Sikazwe, the referee at the centre of the controversy
at the end of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations match
between Tunisia and Mali on Wednesday, was suffering
from heat stroke and severe dehydration.
It has been revealed that Sikazwe was taken to hospital
after the game.
Tunisia have appealed for their Group F opening fixture to
be replayed, after Sikazwe blew the final whistle after just
85 minutes and then again 17 seconds before 90 minutes
were up.
Mali eventually won the encounter 1-0.
AFCON’s head of referees, Essam Abdel-Fatah, has now
come out to defend the performance of Sikazwe, claiming
he was suffering from the effects of the 34-degree heat
level and 65 percent humidity in Limbe, Cameroon.
“The referee suffered from heat stroke and very severe
dehydration, which led to him losing focus and was taken
to the hospital.
“It caused him to lose time in the 80th minute, and he
ended the match in the 85th minute. He returned after
directions from the assistant staff and then returned to
finish the match in the 89th minute.
“When the crisis occurred and the objections and control
were lost in the match, the fourth referee was the one
who was going to complete the match [instead of
Sikazwe], but one of the two teams refused,” Abdel-Fatah
told MBC Egypt’s Al-Laib.