More controversy at the Africa Cup of Nations as the WRONG anthem is played TWICE for Mauritania before players are asked to sing without music – but captain Aboubakar Kamara refuses
- The wrong national anthem for Mauritania was played twice on Tuesday
- The scenes occurred ahead of their AFCON game against Gambia
- Mauritania players were asked to sing the anthem without music but refused
There were further farcical scenes at the Africa Cup of Nations today, with the wrong national anthem twice being played for Mauritania.
Following a problem with the stadium’s sound system ahead of the game against Gambia, the Mauritania players were asked to sing the anthem without music.
Mauritania captain Aboubakar Kamara (previously of Fulham) was seen shaking his head in refusal.
The wrong anthem for Mauritania was played twice at the Africa Cup of Nations on Tuesday
The Mauritania players were asked to sing the anthem without any music but they refused
The Mauritania players were understandably furious at the situation, with the confusion persisting for several minutes.
Eventually the Gambia national anthem was played, with there being no problems on that occasion.
The Group F fixture then finally got underway at the Limbe Omnisport Stadium.
Mauritania captain Aboubakar Kamara (previously of Fulham) was livid with the situation
The controversy occurred ahead of Mauritania’s game against Gambia in Limbe
The scenes followed on from controversy in the tournament’s first game of the day, with referee Janny Sikazwe receiving much criticism for his officiating as Mali beat Tunisia 1-0.
The referee bizarrely blew the whistle for full time after just 85 minutes and then restarted play. However, he then ended the game with 89 minutes and 43 seconds played.
As a result of Sikazwe’s decisions the Tunisia bench were livid, with coach Mondher Kebaier grabbing the referee’s arm and pointing to his watch.
In addition, Sikazwe rejected a VAR review of the red card for Mali substitute El Bilal Toure.
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