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CAF appoints Bakary Gassama as officiating referee for Nigeria, South Africa clash

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CAF has named Gambia’s Bakary Papa Gassama as the center referee for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between the Bafana Bafana of South Africa and the Super Eagles of Nigeria on November 17.

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The game is the biggest of matches to be played in the round five of the 2019 AFCON qualifiers across Africa later this month and Africa football Governing body decided to look into the direction of the biggest referee in the continent to be in charge of the game.

39–year–old Gassama is not new to game of such magnitude as he has officiated several high profile matches, and was among the few Africans officials who called upon by the FIFA to handle matches at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

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Gassama was also the center referee when Nigeria defeated Algeria 3:1 in FIFA World Cup qualifier clash played at Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo.

The Super Eagles are leading Group E with 9 points from four games, with the only loss suffered so far coming in the hands of the South Africans, who are second on the log with eight points. Libya and Seychelles are third and fourth respectively.

However, a draw for the Super Eagles in Johannesburg will seal their qualifications to the 2019 African biggest football festival in Cameroon with a game in hand.


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