Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Meet Gambian Referee Gassama To Officiate Algeria – Nigeria AFCON

Gambian referee Bakary Papa Gassama will be the man in the middle when the Super Eagles of Nigeria take on the Desert Foxes of Algeria in their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations semifinal fixture at the Cairo International Stadium.

Gassama will be assisted by Senegalese referee El Hadji Malick Samba and Seydou Tiama from Burkina Faso, while South Africa’s Victor Gomes will be the fourth official.

It will be second time the 40-year-old will officiate a game involving the Super Eagles at AFCON 2019.

Gassama was the centre-referee when the Super Eagles lost 2-0 to the Barea of Madagascar in their third Group B match.

The Super Eagles have not won any of their last three matches handled by the Gambian.

He was however in charge when the Super Eagles defeated Algeria 3-1 in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying fixture in November 2016 at the Akwa Ibom International Stadium, Uyo.

Dutchman Pol van Boekel will head the VAR panel, and will be assisted by Zambian referee Janny Sikazwe who was also on the panel in the Nigeria versus South Africa game and South Africa’s Zakhele Siwela.

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