Tunisia boss criticises AFCON ref

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Tunisia boss Mondher Kebaier has criticised Zambian referee Janny Sikazwe who controversially ended the match twice prematurely.  

Mali secured three points during Wednesday’s Group F clash against the North African nation but the result was clouded by the referee’s decisions.    

Sikazwe initially blew for full-time in the 85th minute, which led to an angry backlash from the Tunisian players and coaching staff before the official eventually recognised his error. 

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However, the dispute did not stop there as the referee resumed the match but then blew for full-time in the 89th minute, sparking more outrage from Tunisia who were trailing the game. 

Mali coach Mohamed Magassouba's post-match press conference was reportedly interrupted as it was announced that the final three minutes of the tie would be played but the Tunisian appeared to refuse to return to the pitch to play the remainder of the game.  

In the aftermath of the controversial clash, Kebaier slammed the referee for his mistakes.  

“Very tough to manage non-sporting affairs," the Tunisia boss said in his post-match press conference, per Daily Mail.

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“At the 85th minute he blows final whistle. Again at 89th minute.

"There was supposed to be 7-8 minutes of additional time.

"His decision is inexplicable. 

“The players were taking ice baths for 35 minutes before they were called back out again. 

“I've been coaching for a long time never seen anything like it. Even the 4th referee was preparing to lift the board and then the whistle was blown.” 

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