Janny Sikazwe, the centre referee of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Group F encounter between Tunisia and Mali, suffered from sunstroke, at least according to French newspaper L’equipe.
For starters, it was chaotic when the Zambian born official twice blew his whistle for fulltime before fulltime in the 85th and 89th, leaving the Tunisian furious since they were trailing 1-0 to Ibrahima Kone’s 48th minute goal from a penalty kick.
Due to the hot temperature at Limbe Stadium, Cameroon on Wednesday, Sikazwe was affected by the heat from the sun which probably could have sparked his decisions.
It is believed that he was immediately rushed to the hospital and was not going to officiate the final five minutes had the game resumed as per the CAF ruling.
The fourth official was set to take up his duties in the final minutes, only for Tunisia to refuse to return to the field of play targeting, to launch an appeal.
The Eagles of Carthage’s appeal for a replay was on Friday morning dismissed by the Confederation and therefore, all the three points remain in the Mali bag.
On the other hand, CAF did not mention anything about the Zambian referee regards what happens to him following the above drama.