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Zimbabwe referees fail to make it to Africa Cup of Nations

by Staff reporter
23 Dec 2021 at 05:36hrs | Views
SENEGALESE referee Maguette Ndiaye is one of 24 match officials that will grace the stage at the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals next month in Cameroon.

Ndiaye's officiating came under scrutiny last month in Bafana Bafana's final World Cup qualifying Group G fixture against Ghana.

Throughout the match, the referee's questionable calls saw the home side being awarded a dubious penalty, which Andre Ayew netted with ease.

Safa lodged a formal complaint with Fifa to investigate the performance of the match officials during Bafana Bafana's 1-0 loss to Ghana.

However, Fifa dismissed Safa's protests to review the match and the officials.
The much-anticipated Afcon will see 24 teams vying for the coveted prize, starting on January 9, with the finals taking place on February 6.

Joining Ndiaye will be well-known South African referee Victor Gomes, while his compatriot, Zakhele Thusi Granville Siwela, has been named one of the tournament's assistant referees.

"The match officials were selected based on their experience, skills and current form," said Caf director of refereeing Eddy Maillet.

"In recent months, they have been subjected to several aptitude tests through preparation courses and real competitive matches.

"Only the best will officiate at this extraordinary event. The roster includes two referees from the CONCACAF as part of our inter-confederation skills exchange programme."

Referees for 2021 Afcon

Mustapha Ghorbal (Algeria),

Helder Martins De Carvalho (Angola),

Joshua Bondo (Botswana),

Pacifique Ndabihawenimana (Burundi),

Blaise Yuven Ngwa (Cameroon),

Jean Jacques Ndala Ngambo (DR Congo),

Amin Mohamed Amin Omar (Egypt),

Mahmoud El Bana Zakaria Moustafa (Egypt),

Bamlak Tessema (Ethiopia),

Gassama Bakary Papa (Gambia),

Daniel Nii Laryea (Ghana),

Mario Escobar (Guatemala),

Peter Waweru Kamaku (Kenya),

Boubou Traore (Mali),

Dahane Beida (Mauritania),

Ahmad Imtehaz Heeralall (Mauritius),

Jiyed Redouane (Morocco),

Salima Mukansanga (Rwanda),

Maguette Ndiaye (Senegal),

Issa Sy (Senegal),

Bernard Camille (Seychelles),

Victor Gomes (South Africa),

Sadok Selmi (Tunisia),

Janny Sikazwe (Zambia).

Source - The Chronicle
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