Tunisia’s football federation (FTF) filed a formal complaint with the Confederation of African Football (Caf) regarding their game with Mali finishing 13 seconds early.
Caf also confirmed Mali’s 1-0 win over Zambia on Wednesday, which was the score when Zambian referee Janny Sikazwe, who was suffering from sunstroke, blew early. After 85 minutes, he had already blown for full-time, only to realize his mistake and continue the game.
After the match, match referee Sikazwe was reportedly taken to the hospital for treatment, which is why the fourth official was assigned to the failed attempt to continue the game over 20 minutes later.
“The referee had sunstroke, which affected his decisions in the game,” Caf refereeing official Essam Abdul Fattah told Egyptian media. “After the game, he needed to go hospital because the weather was so hot.”
After their unexpected 0-0 draw against Sierra Leone, defending champions Algeria blamed their display on the heat in Cameroon.