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AFCON: Janny Sikazwe suffered from ‘heat stroke and very severe dehydration’

Janny Sikazwe suffered ‘heat stroke and very severe dehydration and was taken to hospital’ after he lost track of time and blew for full-time early TWICE in Tunisia vs Mali clash, AFCON referee chief reveals

  • Referee Janny Sikazwe blew full time in the 85th minute and again after 89 minutes 43 seconds during Tunisia’s AFCON clash against Mali
  • Tunisia, trailing 1-0, refused to come back 35 minutes later when asked to take ice baths
  • After penalties, VAR checks and water break, a lot of extra time was expected
  • AFCON Referee Chief Reveals Sikazwe Was Taken To Hospital With Heat Stroke



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The referee at the center of the farcical scenes at the end of the Africa Cup clash between Tunisia and Mali on Wednesday suffered heat stroke and severe dehydration and was taken to hospital after the game, according to the man in charge. at AFCON.

Tunisia has asked for the opening game of Group F to be replayed after Zambian official Janny Sikazwe gave the final whistle after just 85 minutes, then again 17 seconds before the 90 minutes were up, despite viewers having a lengthy period of stoppage time. expected in a match full of incidents. , which ended with Mali leading 1-0.

About 35 minutes after the game was cut short, the teams were asked by AFCON officials to come back, but Tunisia refused as they were already recovering in ice baths, manager Mondher Kebaier revealed.

Now AFCON’s chief of referees Essam Abdel-Fatah has defended the achievements of Sikazwe – who officiated at the 2018 World Cup – by insisting he suffered the effects of the 34 degree heat and 65 per cent humidity in Limbe, Cameroon.

Tunisian head coach Mondher Kebaier protests against referee Janny Sikazwe after he blew up early

Tunisian head coach Mondher Kebaier protests against referee Janny Sikazwe after he blew up early

Sikazwe had to be escorted off the field by security officials after enraging Tunisia

Sikazwe had to be escorted off the field by security officials after enraging Tunisia

Sikazwe had to be escorted off the field by security officials after enraging Tunisia

“The referee suffered from heat stroke and very severe dehydration, which caused him to lose focus and was taken to hospital,” Abdel-Fatah told MBC Egypt’s Al-Laib.

“It caused him to lose time in the 80th minute and he ended the game in the 85th minute. He returned following directions from the assistant staff and then returned to finish the game in the 89th minute.

“When the crisis arose and the objections and control were lost in the match, the fourth referee was the one who would finish the match [instead of Sikazwe], but one of the two teams refused.’

Two penalties were awarded in the second half, two more incidents where Sikazwe had to check the monitor on the pitch, plus a water break and five substitutions, so both teams could reasonably have expected at least six minutes of extra time to be played.

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