Papa Gassama, Kaba Bajo took charge of Nigeria-Madagascar Afcon encounter

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Gambia most celebrated and Africa’s best referee, Bakary Papa Gassama and the President of The Gambia Football Federation (GFF), Lamin Kaba Bajo were both assigned by CAF to take charge of the Total Afcon group B final fixture between Madagascar and Nigeria played on Sunday in Alexandria in which the Malagasy beat the Nigerians 2-0.

Papa Gassama was supposed to take charge of the African Cup of Nations opening game between Egypt and Zimbabwe but was excused to miss that date in order to attend the burial of his mother who passed away in the Gambia last week.

The three-time African best referee also expected to be assigned in both the knockouts and quarterfinals of the tournament where the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) will be used.

Last October, the 39-year-old Gambian led 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. 

Lamin Kaba Bajo, being a member of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Organising Committee, has now commissioned three matches in Group B following Sunday’s latest assignment game between Madagascar and Nigeria.

Likewise, Papa Gassama, the GFF President will also be hoping to commission more or another under his belt in the ongoing African Cup of Nations tournament currently in Egypt.

Author: Arfang M.S. Camara