PSL ref comments on Afcon debacle

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SAFA Head of Referees Abdul Ebrahim has commented on the blunder that was made by referee Janny Sikazwe in Wednesday's Afcon group match between Mali and Tunisia.

Mali beat Tunisia 1-0 in a Group F encounter which saw Zambian referee Janny Sikazwe prematurely blowing for the final whistle with five minutes still remaining on the clock.

However, Sikazwe was notified of his blunder and the match continued.

The drama was not yet though as the school teacher was at it again when he ended the match this time with a minute still remaining and did not add any stoppage time.

"Ja look I didn't watch the game but I know he stopped the game in the 85th minute, and again in the 89th," Ebrahim tells Kickoff.com.

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"I have no information what could have possibly gone wrong, but I mean we all know that the game should not have been ended in the 85th minute.

"But look he was rightfully advised that he stopped the game at the wrong time, which is correct, he must be notified, whether it's the assistant referees, whether it's the fourth officials, whether it's the VAR... they have to advise him.

"I believe he restarted the game, which is correct, but then he ended the match again, which again is incorrect.

"But, I do believe that he was rushed to hospital from a heat stroke. More than that unfortunately I don't know.

"But obviously CAF will now conduct their own investigation, and I'm sure they will let the media know what exactly the story is, but the last I heard from Cameroon was that after the game from the Stadium he was rushed to hospital, suffering from heatstroke.

“That's basically all I heard."

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