FIFA have appointed Gambian referee Bakary Papa Gassama to officiate next month’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match between Nigeria and Algeria scheduled for the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo, reports Completesportsnigeria.com
Gassama, 37, will take charge of Sunday's CAF Champions League final, second leg clash between Zamalek of Egypt and Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa, taking place in Alexandria before the tie.
According to a release from the Nigerian Football Federation, Jean-Claude Birumushahu from Burundi will be assistant referee 1 for the Uyo clash, with Marwa Range from Kenya as assistant referee 2 and Gassama’s compatriot, Maudo Jallow, as fourth official.
Also FIFA appointed Jean-Olivier Mbera from Gabon as the referee assessor, former Ghana star Anthony Baffoe as match commissioner and Nicholas Chumba Musonye from Kenya as security officer.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Football Federation have won a protest they quietly launched following the release of the official match appointment, which set the kick-off time at 5.30pm.
“The information we sent to FIFA was that we wanted the match to start at 5pm; we were surprised when the match appointment was released and the kick-off time was set at 5.30pm. The NFF immediately protested and eventually, on Wednesday morning, FIFA agreed that the match will start at 5pm,” NFF’s Director of Competitions, Bola Oyeyode, told thenff.com.
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