The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has lodged a complaint with CAF over the referee responsible for the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) loss to South Africa.
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The Zambia women’s national football team were eliminated from the 2022 edition of WAFCON on Monday night, after Banyana Banyana beat them 1-0.
The game’s only goal came in the 94th minute, after a penalty was awarded to the competition’s six-time finalists.
Linda Motlhalo scored the penalty and secured South Africa’s passage to Saturday’s final, but FAZ felt aggrieved by the refereeing and have since lodged a formal complaint with African football’s governing body .
“The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) would like to inform its stakeholders and the football family that it has lodged a formal complaint with the Confederation of African Football (CAF) against the refereeing Ethiopian Lidya Tafesse Abebe during the 2022 TotalEnergies Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) between Zambia and South Africa”, a FAZ’s official statement reads.
“In a letter of complaint dated July 18, 2022 addressed to CAF Secretary General Veron Mosengo-Omba, FAZ Secretary General Adrian Kashala advanced six key incidents, including the last-minute penalty imposed on Africa from South.
“We therefore wish to challenge the referee’s decision to award such a penalty resulting in a goal which prevented our team from qualifying for the final as we call for a serious review of the game.
“We demand that the penalty be canceled, that a replay be ordered and that the referee be banned from managing the games.
“We have further noted with great concern the poor officiating that has characterized the tournament, particularly our matches. We have recorded similar incidents of poor match officiating by referees who have remained faultless, among them referee Bouchra Karboubi who continued to manage the tournament matches if nothing happened.”