Why Has Gassama Been Sidelined From CHAN 2023.

Bakary Gassama the Gambian referee has participated in so many football tournaments both international and African matches. The Gambian referee was part of 84 officials appointed by FIFA to officiate the London 2012 Olympic Football Tournament. He also took part in the just concluded Caf Nations Cup up to the semi-final but could not feature in the final because of certain reasons.

The African referee from Gambia has been sidelined from the African Nations that will be played in Algeria come 2023 and was replaced by Jammeh Lamin from Gambia, despite his outstanding records. He is one of The Gambia’s outstanding referees who have officiated high-profile matches in the sub-region and the continent. The reason for his absence is yet to be known. 

It is good news for Cameroon as Ngwa Blaise is also part of this selection.

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Written by Rounette Gubui

Student Journalist at CMTV Buea, Cameroon

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