Controversial Afcon ref back in action

African Football

The referee who blew the final whistle early twice during the Africa Cup of Nations clash between Tunisia and Mali last week is set to be on duty at the tournament once again on Tuesday night.

Zambian official Janny Sikazwe received a wave of criticism after he made a number of controversial decisions in the aforementioned Group F clash, including blowing for full-time in the 85th minute of the tie. 

With the Tunisian bench then angrily confronting the official, he seemingly realised his error and decided that the remaining time should be played.

Scroll through the gallery below to see all the drama and action from the match between Tunisia and Mali

However, Sikazwe once again appeared to make a mistake by ending the tie in the 89th minute, sparking more outrage from the North African nation, who were trailing 1-0 at the time.

According to News in 24, Sikazwe was a victim of heatstroke and was taken to hospital after the game.

Despite reported pressure on the Confederation of African Football to dismiss the official from the competition, the organisation has stood firm against the backlash.

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Per Sporty Africa, Sikazwe has since been appointed to be the video assistant referee for the Group C match between Morocco and Gabon that is set to take place on Tuesday night.

With the result of that tie potentially determining who will finish top of the group – Morocco are currently the leaders with six points while Gabon are second on four points – many eyes will be cast on the video assistant referee's performance during the game.

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