The football governing body on the African continent CAF has dismissed Tunisia’s appeal for a replay between them and Mali.
Following the controversial ending of the game between the two nations on the opening day of Group F in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, the North African side launched an appeal for a replay which has been denied by CAF.
“The Organising Committee of the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations Cameroon 2021 met today to deliberate on the match between Tunisia and Mali played yesterday, 12 January 2022,” read part of the statement from the Confederation.
“After examining the protest of Tunisia and all the match officials report, the Organising Committee decided the following:”
“To dismiss the protest lodged by the Tunisian team. To homologate the match result as 1-0 in favour of Mali,” it added.
At Limbe Stadium on Wednesday, referee Janny Sikazwe blew for fulltime twice before 90 minutes in the 85th and later in the 89th, something that left the Tunisians furious and the globe in shock.
However, after the game, CAF ruled that both teams should have returned on the field of play for the final five minutes, a decision which was not respected by Tunisia.
And, therefore a 48th minute goal from a penalty by Ibrahima Kone stands and Mali lead proceedings in Group F, level on three points with Gambia while Tunisia and Mauritania have none.
On the other hand, CAF did not mention anything about the Zambian referee regards what happens to him following the above fracas.