Tuesday, 24 May, 2022

Covid delivers another blow to Tunisia’s AFCON bid

The Tunisian Football Federation said Friday that six members of the national team had tested positive for Covid-19, another blow to their Africa Cup of Nations hopes after a bizarre defeat to Mali, reports AFP. The players were put into isolation and will miss the teams' next match, on Sunday against Mauritania. The news comes two days after a controversial defeat to Mali in which the referee blew the final whistle twice before full-time. Mali were leading 1-0 when official Janny Sikazwe signalled the end of the match after 85 minutes, then again at 89

minutes and 47 seconds -- even though three minutes of time added on had been scheduled. When the teams were informed that the match must resume, only Mali complied while Tunisia's players were already in ice baths, refusing to return to the pitch. The Confederation of African Football (CAF) late Thursday threw out a Tunisian appeal and confirmed Mali's win.