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