Egyptian, Gambian Referees To Handle Nigeria Vs Cameroon‎ World Cup Qualifiers

Egyptian, Gambian Referees To Handle Nigeria Vs Cameroon‎ World Cup Qualifiers

Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) has appointed Egyptian referee Gehad Zaghloul Ibrahim Selim Grisha and Gambian referee Papa Gassama for the first and second legs of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon.

The appointments was confirmed by the Nigeria Football Federation on their official website on Tuesday.


According to the appointment made by FIFA, Grisha will officiate the first leg of the qualifier which comes up on Friday, 1st September, 2017 at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo.

Grisha will be assisted by Redouane Achik (Moroccan, Assistant Referee 1), Waleed Ahmed Ali (Sudanese, Assistant Referee 2) and Mahmoud Zakaria Mohamed (Egyptian, Fourth Official).

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The return leg which will hold inside the Stade Omnisports, Yaounde on Monday, 4th September 2017, will be handled by Gassama.

Gassama will be assisted by Jean Claude Birumushahu (Burundian, Assistant Referee 1), Aden Marwa Range (Kenyan, Assistant Referee 2) and Maudo Jallo (Gambian, Fourth Official).


Former FIFA referee Felix Onias Tangawarima from Zimbabwe has been assigned as Referee Assessor, with Congolese Jean Médard Kossa as Match Commissioner for the game in Uyo which starts at 5pm Nigeria time.

For the reverse fixture, Jerome Kelvyn Damon, a former FIFA referee from South Africa, will be Referee Assessor, while Sudanese Osama Ataaelmanan Hassan will be Match Commissioner. The match starts at 6pm Cameroon time.

Grisha, 41, and who has been an international referee since 2008, took charge of Nigeria’s Matchday 1 encounter against Zambia in Ndola, which the Super Eagles won 2-1. Gassama, 38, was at the centre when the Super Eagles thrashed Algeria 3-1 in Uyo on Matchday 2.

In other appointments, FIFA named Nigerian referee Ferdinand Anietie Udoh to take charge of the Matchday 4 clash between South Africa and Cape Verde, taking place at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Tuesday, 5th September.

Udoh will be assisted by compatriot Abel Baba (Assistant Referee 1), Soulaimane Amaldine (Comoros, Assistant Referee 2) and Ali Mohamed Adelaid (Comoros, Fourth Official).

On the same day, Linus Mba, a former FIFA referee will serve as Referee Assessor for the Matchday 4 clash between Congo’s Red Devils and the Black Stars of Ghana in Brazzaville. Morocco’s Rédouane Jiyed will be the referee.

The Super Eagles lead Group B with six points after two wins against Zambia and Algeria respectively.

Cameroon are second on two points, Zambia are third on one point while Algeria also on one point are bottom.

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