Tale of two penalties as Mali beat Tunisia at Afcon

2022/01/12 19:31:00

Mali has beaten Tunisia by an odd goal in Group F's Africa Cup of Nations encounter.

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The Afcon game between Mali and Tunisia ended in confusion as the referee blew the whistle too soon

Mali has beaten Tunisia by an odd goal in Group F's Africa Cup of Nations encounter.

Sikazwe first blew for full-time with five minutes remaining before realising he had made a mistake.He bizarrely restarted the match by handing Mali possession of the ball.After the restart, only four minutes were played as he ended the match controversially after 89 minutes on the clock.

Carthage Eagles coach Mondher Kebaier and his technical staff rushed onto the field at full-time after Sikazwe failed to add any injury time.The second half saw two stoppages for video assistant referee checks, as well as a drinks break.Ibrahima Kone's penalty won it, with Mali keeper Ibrahim Mounkoro later saving a spot-kick from Wahbi Khazri.

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But it's the Zambian referee Janny Sikazwe who grabbed the headlines for all the wrong reasons.Barrick Gold, which owns Mali’s biggest gold mine complex Loulo-Gounkoto, said on Monday its mines in the country have “thus far not been affected” by sanctions imposed by the Economic Community of West African States.US State Department spokesperson Ned Price, in a press statement issued on Tuesday, raised concern about"the likely destabilising impact of Russian-backed Wagner Group forces in Mali".There were bizarre scenes at the end of Mali’s 1-0 Afcon win over Tunisia as the referee prematurely blew the final whistle.

Sikazwe first blew for full-time with five minutes remaining before realising he had made a mistake. He bizarrely restarted the match by handing Mali possession of the ball. Barrick said its mines had sufficient stocks and stores to continue operating normally, adding however that the situation was “very fluid” and it was monitoring it closely. After the restart, only four minutes were played as he ended the match controversially after 89 minutes on the clock. READ |  Political stability in Mali was a key element for mainly the US, Canada, Germany, France and Britain - countries at the forefront of suppressing an insurgency that began in northern Mali in 2012. Carthage Eagles coach Mondher Kebaier and his technical staff rushed onto the field at full-time after Sikazwe failed to add any injury time. Companies like Barrick, B2Gold and Resolute Mining operate large mines in the country while many smaller companies are exploring for gold there. The second half saw two stoppages for video assistant referee checks, as well as a drinks break.

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