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After the farce in CAF Champions League final, VAR returns at AFCON

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Pin VAR will return to African football a month after its last outing was very controversial. AFP
VAR will return to African football a month after its last outing was very controversial. AFP

After the farce in CAF Champions League final, VAR returns at AFCON

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The VAR is here to stay and this Wednesday it will be in place at the African Cup of Nations. The VAR is coming into play from the quarter-finals and will try to avoid episodes like what happened in the CAF Champions League final.

Gradually the VAR is becoming commonplace in football even in poorer leagues and federations. 

At the African Cup of Nations, CAF had already said that the system would be in place from the quarter-finals onwards. In the group stage and the last 16 phase, there have been some controversial decisions

But the most serious incident occurred in the African Champions League. Esperance Tunis and Wydad Casablanca were fighting for the title and in the opening minutes of the second half, controversy reigned. 

The away side scored an equalising goal, but the referee incorrectly disalllowed it. The referee could not use the VAR as it was not working

Wydad Casablanca refused to carry on as a result of the injustice and Esperance Tunis were awarded the title. 

In the end, CAF backtracked and the match will be replayed, but a date has yet to be set for the rematch. 

It has been just over a month since that scandal and CAF, an organisation under serious question, will be hoping that nothing similiar happens in this AFCON tournament. 

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