FIFA has named Gambian Bakary Papa Gassama as the centre referee for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying match between South Africa’s Bafana Bafana and Nigeria’s Super Eagles.
The 39-year-old is highly rated on the African continent due to his no-nonsense way of handling football matches.
Gassama has been a FIFA referee since 2007 and officiated at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Nigeria, who tops Group E with nine points, battle eight-pointer and second-placed South Africa at the FNB Stadium, Johannesburg on Saturday 17th November in one of the Matchday 5 fixtures.
Victory in that match will automatically send the Super Eagles to the finals in Cameroon, with the second ticket in Group E to be a fierce battle between South Africa and the Mediterranean Knights of Libya.