Mauritania President Reportedly Gets Bored During Final, Orders It to Penalties

Sean Fay@@Sean_FayUK Staff WriterNovember 30, 2015


We've all watched dull games of football before, wishing they would hurry up and end, but few of us can do anything about it. 

Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz is a special case, however. 

He is the president of the North African country of Mauritania, and he reportedly wasn't enjoying the country's Super Cup final between FC Tevragh-Zeina and ACS Ksar.

So bored was Aziz said to be that it is claimed he ordered the match to go to a penalty shootout, despite there being just 63 minutes on the clock. 

As per Gazetta World:

A football game in the Mauritanian Super Cup was bizarrely sent to a penalty shoot-out in the 63rd minute of play after the country’s head of state grew tired with the match.

President of the Republic, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, was in attendance for the Super Cup final between FC Tevragh-Zeina and ACS Ksar, though he reportedly influenced the proceedings of the game upon losing interest in the scoreline.

The head of state was said to have become impatient with the tempo of the game, which was held at a 1-1 deadlock, and instead of waiting out the second half and possibly extra-time, he simply ordered that the two teams skip the remaining minutes.

Zeina won the match on penalties, but unsurprisingly, there was an outcry from fans about what happened.

The silence from the country's FA was deafening, but they finally came up with an "explanation."

The federation’s president, Ahmed Ould Abderrahmane, said, via Gazetta World:

I deny in the strongest terms the intervention of the President of the Republic. The decision was made due ​​to organisational issues in accordance with the presidents and the coaches of the two teams.

Convinced by that? 

[Gazetta World]


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