Abuja - Top Nigerian official, Paul Bassey, has been designated by
football’s world governing body, FIFA, as match commissioner for Tuesday’s 2018
World Cup qualifying cracker between the Red Devils of Congo and Walya
Antelopes of Ethiopia in Brazzaville.
The highly –respected Bassey, who is also a CAF General
Coordinator and instructor on Club Licensing, will work with Sudanese referees
and Egyptian Abdul Hamid Radwan, who will be the referee assessor.
Congo’s Red Devils edged the first leg played in Addis Ababa on
Saturday 4-3, and the encounter at the Stade Alphonse Massamba-Debat on Tuesday
is expected to be explosive. And FIFA has reposed confidence in the experienced
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El Fadil Mohamed Hussein will be referee, with countrymen Waleed
Ahmed Ali, Mohammed Abdallah Ibrahim and Mutaz Abdelbasit Khairalla as
assistant 1, assistant 2 and fourth official respectively.
Nigeria referee, Ferdinand Anietie Udoh, took charge of the
Chad/Egypt World Cup qualifier in N’Djamena on Saturday, which the Les Sao won
Meanwhile, Gabon’s Panthers became the first team the group phase
of the African race after penalty shoot –out defeat of Mozambique in Libreville
The 2012 Cup of Nations co-hosts won 1-0 to tie the aggregate 1-1,
and after extra time failed to produce more goals, won the shoot –out 4-3 to
eliminate the Mambas.