PAPA MAKES NATIONS CUP REF LIST

By Sulayman Bah

Gambia elite referee Papa Bakary Gassama Wednesday made up Confederation of Papa Bakary Gassama 1African Football referee line up for the January Cup of Nations tournament, Foroyaa Sport can report.

The African Cup of Nations tournament is scheduled to start January 17th to 8th February and Gassama is part of a bevy of referees endorsed for next year’s event to be hosted by mineral-rich Equatorial Guinea.

The 36-year-old is among notable referee heavyweights in the line up along Algeria’s Mehdi Abid-Charef. No referee has been picked from the Democratic Republic of Congo by Hayatou’s committee after majority of the central African nation’s referees were found culpable of receiving bribes in the past.

Gassama’s appointment is no surprise following his almost error-free performance in the group stage of this year’s World Cup in Brazil.