Papa Gassama took charge of Algeria-Nigeria match

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Gambia and Africa’s best referee Bakary Papa Gassama was chosen to lead Algeria’s match against Nigeria on Sunday for the semi-final of the 2019 African Cup of Nations played at the Cairo International Stadium.

The 40-year-old was at the heart of the field as the Desert Foxes of Algeria defeated the Super Eagles of Nigeria 2-1.

A William Troost-Ekong own goal gave Algeria the lead before Odion Ighalo’s penalty leveled the scores. Manchester City forward, Riyad Mahrez, scored a stunning free-kick with virtually the last kick of the game as Algeria reach the Africa Cup of Nations final.

Gassama, who is considered one of the best referees on the continent, was accompanied during the game by Senegalese El Hadji Malick Samba, Burkinabe Seydou Tiama and South African Victor Gomes.

Chadian Issa Yahya led the Referee Team at the VAR Hall, and was assisted by Dutchman Pol Van Boekel, Zambian Janny Sikazwe and South African Zakhele Siwela.

The Gambian FIFA badge referee is widely regarded as one of the best referees on the continent and was among the few Africans selected for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

He did not only officiate at the 2014 Brazil World Cup and the 2012 London Olympic, but also refereed several matches in 2011, 2012 and 2015 African Cup of Nations.

Gassama started officiating in the international scene in 2007. He is currently considered the best referee on the African continent. He participated in Russia at his 2nd World Cup and at five separate finals of the African Champions League.

Author: Arfang M.S. Camara