2018 W/C: FIFA Destabilize CAF’s Plan To Stop Nigeria

By Ikenga Chronicles October 20, 2016

2018 W/C: FIFA Destabilize  CAF’s Plan To Stop Nigeria

The report alleging that ‎the Confederation of African Football (CAF) plans to stop Nigeria from making it to the Russia 2018 World Cup has been destabilized by the World football body, FIFA.

Group B leaders Nigeria welcome Algeria to the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium on Saturday, November 12 as part of the continuation of the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

Reports alleged that CAF planned to play a ‘fast one’ on the Super Eagles by using a referee that would be selected by them‎ in a bid to frustrate the Amaju Pinnick-led Nigeria Football Federation for daring to work against its leadership.

FIFA has therefore appointed respected Gambian official Bakary Papa Gassama as centre referee, to frustrate the plot.

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

He has already been appointed as referee for this year’s CAF Champions League final, second leg clash between Zamalek of Egypt and Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa, taking place in Alexandria on Sunday, October 23.

Also expected to be on duty are Jean-Claude Birumushahu from Burundi as assistant referee 1, Marwa Range from Kenya as assistant referee 2 and Gassama’s compatriot, Maudo Jallow as fourth official.

FIFA has 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.

Birumushahu and Range will also be part of the officiating crew for CAF Champions League final match, at which Nigeria’s Paul Bassey will serve as General Coordinator.

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