It has been confirmed that Gambian referee Bakary Papa Gassama will be the man to officiate the Super Eagles African Cup of Nations qualifying round reverse fixture game against Bafana-Bafana team of South Africa at Johannesburg on the 17th of November.
39yr old Gassama, according to media reports and performance analysis is rated the best officiator of the game in the African continent. His status as the best has enabled him to officiate four international games in the current year alone and has been rewarded with the role in Nigeria’s crunch game against South Africa.
The last time the Gambian officiated a game involving Nigeria, was in the finals of the 2018 African Nations Championship. In that game, he gave Peter Moses his marching orders in the game as host Nation Morocco hammered Nigeria 4-0 in-front of a large number of spectators in the Stade Mohamed V in Casablanca.
Meanwhile, the Super Eagles and the Bafana-Bafana team will lurk horns at the FNB stadium at Johannesburg, with the Nigerian team needing a victory to guarantee qualifications for next year’s continental games billed at Cameroun.
Nigeria currently sit at the top of Group E with nine points while South Africa is second with eight points.