Security officers were forced to invade the pitch to protect Zambian referee Janny Sikazwe after a series of outrageous blunders and decisions during Mali’s 1-0 win over Tunisia in their Africa Cup of Nations Group F opener.
Match official Janny Sikazwe endured a unforgettable afternoon after his controversial officiating decisions, the Zambian referee gave two controversial penalties, a questionable red card and bizarre ending the game twice early before FIFA’s 90 minutes.
Mali’s forward Ibrahima Kone scored the winner from the spot to change the scoreboard in the unseen AFCON clash. But, it was all about referee Sikazwe who stole the headlines.
Bizzare continued, when Sikazwe again awarded another penalty with just 15 minutes on the clock after Tunisia’s Wahbi Khazri shot landed into Southampton’s Moussa Djenepo hand.
The centre referee originally missed the handball and needed a VAR to help him out.
Surprisingly, Sikazwe then blew for full time on the 85th minute, before angry Tunisia technical bench officials pointed out his strange error.
Things heated up, when he called for the end of the game early, once again. He blew his whistle with 15 seconds of the 90 minutes still to play, ignoring all added time.
The Tunisia bench were unpleased and exploded up and stormed the pitch to voice their displeasure, forcing security officers to ran unto the pitch to sorround and protect Sikazwe from ‘angry’ Eagles of Tunisia.
Janny Sikazwe blowing Full Time whistle after 85th minute, and again after 89th minute is the most bizarre thing in football game you will ever see.