Gambian referee Bakary Papa Gassama Dailyadvent/website
The Egyptian Football Federation released a related statement on Tuesday evening via its Twitter account.
the Cameroon, host country of the 33e edition of the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) of football, faces next Thursday, February 03 in the semi-final of the competition at the stadium of Olembé at Yaoundé. On occasion, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) appointed the Gambian referee Bakary Papa Gassama to lead this meeting. A choice that the Pharaohs.
The Egyptian Football Federation released a brief statement on this on Tuesday 1is February 2022 on his Twitter account. ” The Egyptian Football Federation protests against the appointment of Gassama to lead the Cameroon-Egypt game she says.
The Egyptian federation does not give the reasons for this clear-cut position. No doubt she let CAF know.
It is not superfluous to look in history to suspect this mistrust of Egypt vis-à-vis the Gambian central. The latter did not keep very good relations with the Egyptian supporters, in this case those of the National Al Ahly from Cairo, who had treated him as a slave in 2019, during a quarter-final of the African Champions League, having opposed the Cairo club to the South Africans of Mamelodi Sundowns.
Undoubtedly Egypt let itself go in small considerations of this kind, fearing that Gassama dwells on this old litigation? Of course, this is just conjecture. It is important to specify that Papa Gassama is one of the best whistles on the continent, already named three times best referee on the continent, in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Yannick A. KENNE