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2021 Afcon: Caf dismisses Tunisia’s protest over Mali game

The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has announced dismissing the protest filed by Tunisia in their dramatic 2021 Africa Cup of Nations group game against Mali.

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Zambia referee Janny Sikazwe ended the game twice before the 90 minutes that caused a 45-minute delay in the Mauritania versus Gambia game on Wednesday as Caf tried to get the two teams play additional minutes, which was rejected by Tunisia.

The referee also made some contentious calls in the game, awarding two penalties and a red card to Mali.

The details of the protest filed by the Carthage Eagles is not known.

Caf in a statement on Thursday said: “The Organising Committee of the Africa Cup of Nations Cameroon 2021 met today to deliberate on the match between Tunisia and Mali played yesterday, 12 January 2022.

“After examining the protest of Tunisia and all the match officials report, the Organising Committee decided the following:

“To dismiss the protest lodged by the Tunisian team.

“To homologate the match result as 1-0 in favour of Mali.”