The football association of Zambia have filed a complaint to CAF over the officiating of Ethiopian referee Lydia Tafessa Abebe who awarded South Africa a controversial penalty in the 92nd minute of the first semifinal of the Womens Africa cup of nations on Monday night.
The Zambia FA is demanding for a replay of the match and cancellation of South Africa’s penalty goal which was converted by Sweden based attacker Linda Mothlalo to send Banyana Banyana to their fifth final appearance of the womens cup of nation.
BELOW IS A STATEMENT FROM FAZ:
(For Immediate Release)
Football Association of Zambia
Football House, Lusaka
19TH July 2022
The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) wishes to inform its stakeholders and football family that it has lodged a formal complaint to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) against the officiating exhibited by Ethiopian referee Lidya Tafesse Abebe during the 2022 TotalEnergies Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) semi-final match between Zambia and South Africa.
In a complaint letter dated 18th July 2022 addressed to CAF General Secretary Veron Mosengo-Omba, FAZ general secretary Adrian Kashala advanced six key incidences including the late minute penalty awarded to South Africa.
“We therefore wish to contest against the decision of the referee to award such a penalty resulting in a goal which decided against our team progressing to the finals as we call for a serious review of the game,” read part of the FAZ appeal.
“We call for the penalty to be cancelled, that a replay be ordered and that the referee be barred from handling any games.”
Kashala says FAZ opted to file a complaint as Zambia suffered similar injustices in their quarterfinal victory over Senegal.
“We have further noted with great concern the poor officiating that characterised the tournament specifically our games. We recorded similar incidents of poor match officiating by referees who have gone scot-free among them referee Bouchra Karboubi who has continued to handle games at the tournament as if nothing happened,” he said.
Kashala said casting a blind eye to the multiple horrendous refereeing decisions would be perpetuating the injustice caused by the referee.
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