« Masquerade », was indignant in the newspaper Le Temps, deploring « a ridiculous end to the game which gives the world a dull image of African football ».
Under the title « A Beginning in Farce » his colleague Le Quotidien, for his part, apologized for‘ »a bitter defeat, a scandalous arbitration ».
« Sikazwe, shame », for his part titled La Presse, referring to the Zambian referee who stopped the match twice too early. « Sikazwea was catastrophic on this match-gag. » « A penalty succeeded by Mali, another missed by Khazri for this folkloric match. Sad CAN! » the newspaper added.
While considering that Mali « deserved his victory because he was better on all levels and our selection was irrelevant », the Assabah newspaper denounces a « Historic injustice and farce on the part of Zambian referee Sikazwe in prematurely ending the match twice. »
« What referee Sikazwe has as against our national team is a historic sandal in all respects », he snapped.
Referee Janny Sikazwe twice stopped the match too early, and when the fourth referee returned to the pitch to repair the error, only the Malians were present, the Tunisians refusing to play the final seconds of regulation time and the hypothetical additional time.
Tunisia risks a sanction for refusing to resume the match. Corn « the players were in the ice bath for 35 minutes » and we « asks us to come back », protested Tunisian coach Mondher Kebaier on Wednesday.
Sikazwe’s final whistle sealed Tunisia’s 1-0 defeat, after star Wahbi Khazri missed a penalty in the 77th minute that would have allowed the Carthage Eagles to equalize.