The Confederation of African Football, CAF has named Gambian referee, Bakary Papa Gassama as the man that would be in charge of the matchday 5 AFCON qualifier between South Africa and Nigeria.

Match day is November 17 and the venue is the FNB Stadium in Soweto.

The 39-year-old is regarded as one of the best referees on the continent and was among the few Africans selected for the FIFA World Cup in Russia.

This will not be the first time Gassama will be at the centre in Nigeria’s game as he officiated Nigeria’s 3-1 victory over Algeria in Uyo prior to the World Cup.

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Nigeria currently leads Group E with 9 points from four matches, one point ahead of South Africa who have 8 points from the same number of matches.

The Super Eagles, however, need just a point to qualify whilst South Africa will be targeting maximum points to end the hopes of Libya from reaching the tournament in Cameroon.


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