Home News mali defeat tunisia in afcon match marred by controversy

Mali defeat Tunisia in AFCON 2021 match marred by controversy

Author image



We sometimes use affiliate links in our content, when clicking on those we might receive a commission – at no extra cost to you. By using this website you agree to our terms and conditions and privacy policy.

2 min read

Join our Telegram channel to stay up to date on the latest in marketing
AFCON Free Bets Tunisia vs Mali Seifeddin Jaziri

Mali have made a winning start to their Africa Cup of Nations campaign by beating Tunisia 1-0 on Wednesday. 

Ibrahima Kone scored the first goal early in the second half from the penalty spot. 

Mondher Kebaier’s side got a great opportunity to get back in the game after a penalty was awarded to them in the 75th minute. 

However, goalkeeper Ibrahima Mounkoro made a fine save to maintain the Eagles’ lead. 

The Group F match ended in controversial circumstances as the referee twice blew for full time prematurely. 

Janny Sikazwe tried to end the game in the 85th minute but soon realised his mistake and decided to continue play. 

The Zambian then issued a red card to Mali’s El Bilal Toure which seemed a harsh decision for the 20-year-old’s strong tackle. 

The referee stuck to his original decision even after the VAR appeared to inform him about the error. 

 Sikazwe then ended the game 20 seconds before the 90 minutes were up. 

Mali have qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations on 12 occasions but they are yet to win a title. They came closest to lifting the trophy in 1972 when they lost the final to Congo. 

Meanwhile, Tunisia have the distinction of winning the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations, defeating rivals Morocco in the final. They have also made it to the final of the prestigious competition on two occasions in 1965 and 1996. 

Join 888sport and get £40 in Free Bets when you bet £10 on any football match.

Join our Telegram channel to stay up to date on the latest in marketing