Gambia’s Papa Gassama set for VAR course

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Gambia and Africa best referee Bakary Papa Gassama is leading an A-list Referee group selected by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for the “historic” deployment of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) in the final of this year’s CAF inter-club tournaments.

The top referees with six assistant referees will embark on a preparatory course scheduled to be held between 24-29 October.

The 39-year-old Gambian will join five other referees for the five-day course set to take place in the Egyptian capital of Cairo.

VAR was approved for the CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup finals last month by the continental body’s Executive Committee; after it ruled the testing during the CAF Super Cup in February that got top ratings.

A statement on CAF’s official website, released by its General Secretary, Amr Fahmy, reads: “This is a historic moment for African football. It clearly shows that CAF is determined and committed to the interclub competitions and will bring on board the latest and innovative technologies to make it better. We (CAF) are the first confederation to use VAR in the final of the Club competitions. We did it for the CAF Super Cup and we are delighted to go a step further with the Inter-clubs competitions.”

The 12 elite match officials (six referees and six assistant referees) will be supervised by David Elleray, Technical Director of the International Football Association Board (IFAB).

Author: Arfang M.S. Camara