2018 World Cup Qualifier: Gassama To Officiate Nigeria, Algeria Match


The world football
governing body, FIFA, has appointed a Gambian, Bakary Papa Gassama as the referee for next month’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match between Nigeria and Algeria.
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF ), posted the appointment on its website on Wednesday.
The match scheduled for the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo, for November 12  will see Jean-Claude Birumushahu from Burundi as Assistant Referee 1, Marwa Range from Kenya as Assistant Referee 2.
“Gassama’s compatriot, Maudo Jallow is the fourth official, while Jean-Olivier Mbera from Gabon is the referee assessor.
“Ghanaian Anthony Baffoe is the Match Commissioner and Nicholas Chumba Musonye from Kenya is security officer.”
Meanwhile, the NFF has won a protest it launched following the release of the official match appointment, which set the kick –off time at 5.30p.m.
“The information we sent to FIFA was that we wanted the match to start at 5p.m.; we were surprised when the match appointment was released and the kick–off time was set at 5.30p.m.
“The NFF immediately protested and eventually on Wednesday morning, FIFA agreed that the match will start at 5p.m.,” the statement quoted NFF’s Director of Competitions, Bola Oyeyode.