North African refs to oversee Gambia and Benin AFCON battle

Thursday, November 15, 2018

North African referees Sadok Selmi of Tunisia; Attia Amsaad of Egypt and Aymen Ismail of Tunisia will be officiating Gambia’s AFCON qualifier return-leg match against Benin on Saturday at the Independence Stadium. The Scorpions and the Squirrels match will kick-off at 16:30 GMT in Bakau.

Tunisian referee Sadok Selmi will take charge of the match to be assisted by his compatriot Aymen Ismail and Egyptian Attia Amsaad. Selmi took charge of Mauritania’s encounter against Angola last month where the West African side secured a 1-0 win over the North Africa side.

He refereed Tunisian top-flight league match between AS Gabès and Stade Tunisien last weekend where he splashed out six yellow cards.

Amsaad will act as Selmi’s 1st Assistant and his compatriot Ismail will be the 2nd. The trio have been tasked by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to officiate the Scorpions’ encounter against the Squirrels on November 17.

Benin defeated The Gambia 1-0 in the first-leg of the qualifiers in Cotonou last year. Benin and Algeria are tied on points in group D after securing 7 points each in four group matches and Togo third with 5 points.

The Gambia is rooted bottom-place in group D with only 2 points in four group matches.