By Emmanuel Adeleke
The Africa Cup of Nations match between Mali and Tunisia, on Wednesday, ended in controversy amid bizarre scenes as the Tunisian team complained that the referee blew the final whistle before full time.
Zambian official, Janny Sikazwe, blew the final whistle of the Group F game played in Limbe few seconds after the 89th minute, to signal that Mali had beaten the 2004 champions 1-0..
Mali’s coach, Mohamed Magassouba, was giving his post-match press conference when an official entered the room to indicate that the game would restart.
A Confederation of African Football (CAF) official told newsmen that the match needed to be played to a conclusion, with three minutes remaining, but the Tunisian team did not re-emerge and the referee brought the game to a definitive end when Mali kicked off the game again.
The Tunisian team has vowed to launch a formal complain to CAF.