Russia 2018:FIFA Names Gambian Referee For Nigeria, Algeria Clash

World football governing body, FIFA has chosen Gambian referee Bakary Papa Gassama to officiate Nigeria’s second World Cup qualifier against Algeria.

The game schedule for November 12 will take place at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, in Uyo.

Gassama will be assisted by Jean-Claude Birumushahu from Burundi, Marwa Range from Kenya and his compatriot, Maudo Jallow.
Gassama, who has been an international referee since 2008, is one of the most respected referees in Africa.

He has already been appointed as referee for this year’s CAF Champions League final, second leg clash between Zamalek of Egypt and Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa.

The Eagles who were placed in a tough group which also includes two former African Champions, Zambia and Cameroon, started off on a good note with 2-1 victory in Zambia.

The win left the Eagles on 3 points, 2 points ahead of Algeria and Cameroon who played out a 1-1 draw in the other group game
Nigeria’s next match is against Algeria on November 12.

Only the top team will qualify from the group as one of Africa’s five representative to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.


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