February 5, 2013

Gassama and Jedidi to take control over AFCON semifinals

The African football governing body CAF has unveiled the referee appointments for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations semifinals to be played in Durban and Mbombela respectively, on 6 February 2013. Two pre-list officials for the 2014 FIFA World Cup will take charge of this task: Gambian Bakary Gassama and Slim Jedidi of Tunisia.

For both officials, it will be their third match as head referee at this Nations Cup. While Gassama already oversaw Tunisia 1:0 Algeria and South Africa 2:2 Morocco, Jedidi handled Mali 1:0 Niger and Cap Verde 2:1 Angola.

Slim Jedidi of Tunisia (c) maracanafoot.com


Match 29, Semifinal 1, Durban (Moses Mabhida Stadium)
06 February 2013, 17:00
Nigeria - Mali
Referee: Bakary Papa Gassama (Gambia)
Assistant Referee 1: Angesom Ogbamariam (Eritrea)
Assistant Referee 2: Felicien Kabanda (Rwanda)
Fourth Official: Ghead Grisha (Egypt)

Match 30, Semifinal 2, Mbombela (Mbombela Stadium)
06 February 2013, 20:30
Ghana - Burkina Faso
Referee: Slim Jedidi (Tunisia)
Assistant Referee 1: Bechir Hassani (Tunisia)
Assistant Referee 2: Anouar Hmila (Tunisia)
Fourth Official: Bouchaib El Ahrach (Morocco)

source: FIFA Referees Blog

32 Comments:

  1. My guess for the final is Bouchaib El Ahrach.
    Third place: Otogo-Castane.

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  2. I agree with that, but we should not forget that there is still one pre-list referee without a 2nd match: Noumandiez Doue. I guess they could take him for the 3rd Place match although Otogo-Castane would deserve it (more).

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    1. If they haven't recognized as a mistake the YC given to keeper insted of RC for DOGSO... I think it was a crucial mistake, Ghana had to play that match in 10 men but they didn't and they won (thank to a 50-50 penalty, too).

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  3. My guess for final was Gassama, now why not Bennet or Hamouidi ?
    Why Grisha is still appointed as forth official after strong discussion about his wrong penality dduring group stage ?

    Chefren , Niclas you can answer on my e-mail if you want

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    1. Thank you, I'm going to read.

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  4. Bennett had a terrible Togo-Tunisia match, so that's the main reason why I have doubts he gets the final.

    Gassama could have an easy match, Nigeria already leading with 2-0. Good match of the Super Eagles.

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  5. I confirm the easy-going match for Gassama, 3-0 at half time.
    Absolutely no challenge for the referee.

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  6. Brilliant onside by Ogbamariam leading to the 4-0. Excellent, only for that call he should get the final :D Gassama overall good.

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    1. And then a disallowed goal also by Ogbamariam, difficult, but tendency correct decision (the crucial thing is that one could not see when he raised the flag, which would be decisive..).

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    2. Ogbamariam was one of the best assistant there, along with Menkouande, very good performance in this tournament, I also remember that he helped Camille in the sending-off of Burkina Faso keeper, difficult decision.

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  7. Penalty appeal to Jeddidi (min. 5). 50-50 call for me. He could have given it but can't really disagree with his no-penalty decision.

    And now (min 11) clear penalty for Ghana and 1-0 lead.

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  8. Agree.
    But be honest, that's no field, that's a sandbox in Mbombela o.O

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    1. There were many criticisms about this pitch, and there was also an official complaint, but at the end they confirmed the semifinal.
      IMHO, scandalous.
      It seems BEACH SOCCER.

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    2. Yes ;) And actually they should have known it before. Rustenburg or Port Elizabeth would have been better.

      Concerning Jedidi, the penalty call was of course soft, but no wrong decision. But according to this line, he could have given another one to Ghana in the 34th minute.

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    3. Fully agree Niklas. Pitch is awful and probably Jedidi was affected by the first penalty and Burgina Faso's protests and that's why he didn't gave the second similar one.

      One Tragic info.

      Today in the Friendly Greece - Switzerland one of Mallenco's assistants was notified to return to his country because his father died. Don't know until now who. So they called a Greek FIFA assistant Michael Karsiotis to replace him.

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    4. The assistant I mentioned before is Raul Cabanero Martinez. My sympathy to him and his family.

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    5. I'm sorry to hear that, I share your feeling, Edward.

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  9. I actually have to change my mind. The more I see the penalty, specially in super-replays, it was not enough. I would go so far to call it a crucial mistake, if he does not whistle the two other appeals - at least, it is no consistency.

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  10. Big crucial mistake by Jedidi, disallowing a correct goalby Burkina Faso.
    In this tournament all the controversial decision are in favor of Ghana.

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  11. Terrible first half by Mauro Tonolini.
    He allowed a 1m-offside of Benzema who then had a 100% goal attempt in front of the German goalkeeper. No contrary movements, free area of vicinity. No idea what he thought to see.
    And the 1-0 was offside. A free-kick hit the post, at the point of time when the free-kick was taken 3 French players were offside, one of them made a header to Valbuena. No flag here. So 1 crucial mistake already and one "nearly-crucial-mistake".

    And of course condolences to Cabanero and his family.

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    1. I'm sorry to hear that, by the way there is a reason for which I prefer Manganelli and Di Liberatore ;)

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  12. I suggest you to watch the penalties shout out in Burkina Faso - Ghana ;)
    The bad conditions of the pitch are deciding the AFCON final ;)

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  13. Anonymous6/2/13 22:33

    1-2 germany blatant offside goal...:( what an awful assistant chefren!

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    1. Blatant? Are yu sure?
      I have watched the situation, at least borderline call!

      By the way, I'm sorry to say that the appropriate mark for Jedidi in my opinion is something between 6,9 and 7.
      I suggest to download the whole match and to be happy that Burkina is qualified for the final.

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    2. You are right Chefren. Jedidi did at least 2 crucial mistakes so his mark should be 7.0 to 7.2. Probably this semifinal has ruined his chances for the WC.

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    3. Such performances are always something controversial. Be serious, all mistakes went for one team. Strange, accidental...?

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    4. I always want to believe that there are mistakes in refereeing, and of course mistakes will always happen.
      Nevertheless, yesterday the match was too much strange in my opinion. Admin said it correctly yesterday: even though we don't want to take into account all the mistakes during the match, especially extra time, we could start to analyze the penalty given in the first minutes. In my opinion, wrong penalty. But, if you want to keep your consistency and you want to appear as neutral, then you have to whistle all the minor contacts (I'm in trouble also to call it "minimal contact) all match long. Otherwise, at least and for sure there isn't any consistency and it seems that you immediatly whistled a penalty in favor of a team, taking immediatly the opportunity. I would like to read apologies by CAF to Burkina Faso but maybe now I'm exaggerating.
      For sure, if Ghana had qualified thank to these decisions, we would have talked about the big scandal of South Africa 2013.

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    5. Of course! But advance is not important to say it was shockingly poor performance and (we want to or not) really deserves investigation from appropriate bodies... Just it's extremly if not impossible to take all those mistakes in favour of one team as accidental...

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    6. Concerning Tonolini. 2 crucial mistakes and 1 blatant offside error. Both offside goals were not easy to see, but not impossible either.
      Mazzoleni and Manganelli were good.

      I actually did not see 2 crucial mistakes made by Jedidi. The 2nd yellow was obviously wrong, the given penalty for my taste also wrong, he disallowed a correct BFA goal and only booked a player for a violent conduct, had to be red. 4 crucial mistakes, actually, that was unacceptable (6-6.9).

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    7. http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/international/referee-suspended-after-scandalous-performance-in-african-cup-of-nations-semifinal-8485762.html

      Don't knowhow much reliable are sources, but..


      PS I have watched again the disallowed goal, maybeit could be accepted, but no big change of mark

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    8. Yes, I am torn here as well. Acceptable call, in the stream yesterday it looked like a clear mistake.

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