Thursday, December 8, 2022



Scandal in Africa – AFCON



The African Cup (AFCON)was marred by arbitration with a shameful end. The most important tournament on the continent closed the circle of its controversies with an unusual situation in the world of football.

Janny Sikazwe, a Zambian-born referee, called the match between Tunisia and Mali over in the 85th minute in AFCON. After the discussions, he acknowledges the mistake and the two teams return to the court.

Play was resumed and Mali’s El Bilal Touré, a team that was winning 1-0, hit the ball badly. The judge went to the VAR, reviewed and expelled the player. In an unusual way, he ended the game again at 89, just 4 minutes after playing again.

The situation was shameful and it traveled the whole world giving rise to the famous articles that break down the bad things of the continent and its tournament due to a fact that also happened in Spain: De Burgos Bengoetxea whistled the end of a Granada-Seville one minute before agreed and brought the players back to the pitch.

It is incredible how a referee makes a mistake twice in finishing a match. There is no room even to think about how to avoid these types of situations.

The Tunisian players did not come out to play after the second referee error. Beyond the result, the claim is already in the Federation.

When the ball was in play the match was a total surprise. Tunisia, a team that reached the final of the Arab Cup and is a candidate for the title, was beaten on the scoreboard by its rival.

At the beginning of the match there was already a decision of the referee impossible to explain when the VAR exists. Boubakar Kouyaté fell and hit the ball, which he stung and hit Ellyes Skhiri, a Tunisian defender with his back turned on the hand.

How does the judge give the maximum penalty for a hand that the player even saw? Ibrahima Kone cared little and traded it for a goal to the advantage of surprise, Mali.

Those who came with a vote of confidence were lucky and a god named Ibrahim Mounkoro, the team’s goalkeeper, who cut a penalty kicked by Wahbi Khazri in the 75th minute.

Tunisia has already made the claim and Mali apologizes that they are only arbitration decisions. They are not guilty.

Terrible organization

In the Mauritania and Gambia meeting, the musician did not know what the anthem of the former was. He was wrong three times and couldn’t admit it.

On the television pan, you could see how outraged Aboubakar Kamara was, a player from Mauritania, who shook his head from side to side while the lousy organization wanted to fix the mistake.


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