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AFCON Ref: Why I Blew The Game Early

The Zambian referee who controversially blew for full-time early on two occasions in an Africa Cup of Nations group-stage match has since explained his actions, revealing a seemingly near-death experience. 

Referee Causes Huge Drama In Afcon Showdown

Last month, Zambian match official Janny Sikazwe caused huge controversy at the tournament when, during Tunisia and Mali's group tie, he blew the final whistle five minutes before the allotted 90 minutes were over.

He realised his error before resuming the game, only to call the fixture early again moments later, although he tells an entirely different story. 

There was anger from the Tunisia dugout as their coaching staff furiously approached the referee to protest his decision, before security were eventually forced to intervene as Sikazwe and his assistants were ushered off the field. 

Click through the mini-gallery below to see the angry reaction from Tunisia's members of staff: 

The game would not resume, despite Confederation of African Football officials attempting to resolve the situation, with Tunisia deciding against returning to the field to play out the remaining minutes. 

It was then reported that Sikazwe had been suffering from a dangerous bout of heatstroke and, as a result, was rushed to a nearby hospital for tests.

The Zambian has since opened up on the incident, saying he was told by medical professionals he could have died. 

"I have seen people going for duties outside the country and come back in a casket," he said, as quoted by BBC Sport Africa.

"I was very close to coming back like that. I was lucky I didn't go into a coma. It would have been a very different story.

"The doctors told me my body was not cooling down. It would have been just a little time before [I would have gone] into a coma, and that would have been the end.

"I think God told me to end the match. He saved me."

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