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Bakary Papa Gassama

World football governing body (FIFA) have appointed Gambian official Bakary Papa Gassama as the centre referee for Nigeria’s World Cup qualifying game against Algeria.

Both countries will go toe-to-toe in a Group B game on November 12 at the Godswill Akpabio stadium, Uyo.

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37-year-old Gassama, who has been an international referee since 2008, is one of the most respected referees in Africa.

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He will be in charge of this year’s CAF Champions League final (second leg) between Egypt’s Zamalek and Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa on October 23.

The Gambian will be assisted by Jean-Claude Birumushahu from Burundi, and Marwa Range from Kenya as assistant referee 2. Gassama’s compatriot, Maudo Jallow is the fourth official.

FIFA have also appointed Jean-Olivier Mbera from Gabon as referee assessor, Ghanaian Anthony Baffoe as match commissioner and Nicholas Chumba Musonye from Kenya as security officer.