The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has petitioned Africa’s football governing body, CAF requesting a replay of their Women’s Africa Cup of Nations semifinal with South Africa.
The latter needed a late penalty on Monday at the Stade Mohammed V, to edge the former 1-0, progressing to their second successive final.
However, FAZ was left dissatisfied with the game-winning penalty that was awarded by referee Lidya Tafesse Abebe.
This was after VAR had confirmed that there was a foul on Jermaine Seoposenwe by Martha Tembo. Linda Motlhalo converted, to sink the Lady Chipolopolos.
“We, therefore, wish to contest the decision of the referee to award such a penalty resulting into a goal which decided against our team progressing to the final as we call for a serious review of the call,” partly reads the appeal.
“We call for the penalty to be cancelled, that a replay is ordered and that the referee be barred from handling any games.”
The FA feels there were more abysmal refereeing decisions on the day and that the same happened in their other games throughout the tournament.
“We have further noted with great concern the poor officiating that characterized the tournament specifically our games,” added the statement.
A decision in favor of the Zambians is highly unlikely as cases of overturning results rarely happen. The Banyana Banyana are therefore expected to face hosts Morocco on Saturday with each searching for their first ever Cup.