As awesome the year's Africa cup of nations (AFCON) has been it was slightly tainted by a controversy that was done by the Zambian international referee by the name of Janny Sikazwe as he blew the full time whistle earlier than the required time, not once but on two occasions when Tunisia was facing off against Mali in the AFCON group stage match. He has since explained his actions, as he revealed that he faced a near death experience.
Sikazwe indicated that he realised his error before he resumed the game, only to call the fixture early again moments later, his decision made the Tunisian players as well as the technical team team to be furious and they approached the Zambian referees as they protested his decision to end the match earlier than scheduled. CAF officials made attempts to resolve the error that was made by the referee, but the Tunisian officials gave up and decided not to return back to the field of play, this led to many people to assume that a match between Tunisia and Mali was fixed because of how it ended.
In a viewers point of view decisions that were made by Sikazwe appeared to be stirred up by corruption, but that is not the case as it has now been revealed Sikazwe was suffering from a dangerous bout of heatstroke and, as a result, he was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was further assessed, it was then revealed to him that should he not arrived at the hospital sooner he could have died.
When speaking to the media he said he was very close to come back home in a coffin box, luckily for him he didn't go into a comma in which that could have turned out bad for him. Even though that may be the case, it won't be easy for African football fans to believe his side of the story as he attempts to explain why he blew the whistle earlier.
Source: Soccer Laduma
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