Boring match? Mauritania’s leader orders penalties in 63rd minute

President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz attended the final match between FC Teyragh-Zeina and ACS Ksar last weekend. (File photo: AP)

Mauritania’s football federation recently denied that the country’s President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz ordered a penalty shootout in the 63rd minute of the Super Cup final due to the leader growing frustration with the slow tempo of the match.

Abdel Aziz is said to have ordered the penalty shootout during a match between FC Teyragh-Zeina and ACS Ksar last weekend.

But head of the federation Ahmed Ould Yahya said the match was not an “official game in the legal sense, and was merely a celebratory match made a habit since 2011 to celebrate anniversary of the country’s independence.”

He also said the decision was made through the consensus of the two teams, emphasizing that it did not violate any football laws.

“The decision was made due to organizational issues in accordance with the presidents and the coaches of the two teams,” he added.

It was reported that the decision was shocking to Mauritians amid accusations that the leader was growing impatient with the pace of the game.

After the decisive penalty kicks, Tevragh Zeina won.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:49 - GMT 06:49
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