Côte d’Ivoire – Algeria: South African Freitas Gomes to replace Gambian Gassama on the whistle

Confederation of African Football (CAF) appointed on Tuesday the South African referee Victor Miguel de Freitas Gomes to conduct the match Côte d’Ivoire – Algeria, Thursday at the Japoma stadium in Douala (17:00), as part of the third day (Gr.E) of the Africa Cup of Nations CAN-2021 (postponed to 2022) in Cameroon (January 9 – February 6).

Sources inside CAF announced earlier in the day the appointment of the Gambian Bakary Papa Gassama. Finally, the continental body officially announced late in the evening the appointment of the South African referee.

Victor Miguel de Freitas Gomes (39), international since 2011, will be assisted by his countryman Thusu Granville, and Souru Phatsoane of Lesotho, while the fourth referee is the Burundian Pacifique Ndabihawenimana.

This is the second match for this referee during this CAN-2021, after having directed Nigeria – Sudan (3-1), played Saturday at the stadium of Roumdé Adjia in Garoua, as part of the group D.

The national team was trapped by Sierra Leone (0-0) last Tuesday and also on Sunday by Equatorial Guinea (0-1), for the first time following 35-game unbeaten.

At the bottom of group E with only one point, Algeria will have to beat Ivory Coast (4 pts) to hope to qualify for the 1/8th finals.

The other match of this group will bring togheter Sierra-Leone (2 pts) to Equatorial Guinea (3 pts), the same day at the stadium of Limbe (17h00).

The top two finishers in each group and the four best third-place finishers will qualify for the round of 16 of the CAN-2021.

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