South Africa v Nigeria: Caf Picks Gambian Referee Gassama

Gambian referee, Bakary Papa Gassama will be in charge of the matchday 5 AFCON qualifier between South Africa and Nigeria on 17th November at the FNB Stadium in Soweto.

The 39-year-old is regarded as one of the best referees on the continent and was among the few Africans selected for the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia.

This will not be the first time Gassama will be at the centre in Nigeria’s games as he officiated Nigeria’s 3-1 victory over Algeria in Uyo en route the World Cup.

Nigeria’s Super Eagles currently leads Group E with nine points from four matches, one point ahead of South Africa which has eight points from the same number of matches.

The Super Eagles, however, need just a point to qualify, whilst South Africa will be targeting maximum points to end the hopes of Libya from reaching the tournament in Cameroun next year.

But Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has stated that the objective for his side is to beat Bafana Bafana in their backyard after they got the better of the Eagles in the opening matchday in Uyo.

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