The Zambian whistle was the protagonist of a “heat stroke” in the last African Cup
He will also be there at Qatar 2022 Janni Sikazwethe referee who during Tunisia-Mali in the last African Cup of Nations he went viral for having whistled the end of the match twice before the 90th minute. Already present in Russia in 2018, the Zambian – not only was he not stopped after that episode that went around the world and shouted at the corruption scandal, which then evaporated – but was designated to direct Belgium-Canada in this World Cup.
In the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, the match between Tunisia and Mali ended three times, the first two different minutes before the 90th minute. The referees left the field escorted by the police with Mali celebrating and among the protests of the Tunisians, except for the about-face with the coaches already engaged in the post-match press conference.
The CAF ordered the two selections to return to the field, but Tunisia refused and it all ended there. Referee Sikazwe explained heatstroke: “I’ve seen people go to work out of the country and come back in a coffin. I was very close to coming back like that. The doctors told me my body wasn’t cooling down. It would just pass some time before I was in a coma, and that would have been the end of it. I think God told me to end the game. He saved me.”