November 9, 2013

World Cup Qualifiers - Appointments for CAF playoffs (second legs)

These are the officials appointed for the second legs of CAF playoffs.

Rajindraparsard Seechurn will officiate his second play-off  in a month (c)

16 November 2013, 16:00 CET
UJ Esuene Stadium, Calabar (NGA)
Nigeria - Ethiopia
Referee: Bakary Papa Gassama (GAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Angesom Ogbamariam (ERI)
Assistant Referee 2: Marwa Range (KEN)
Fourth Official: Maudo Jallow (GAM)

16 November 2013, 20:00 CET
Stade Mohamed V, Casablanca (MAR)
Senegal - Ivory Coast
Referee: Djamel Haimoudi (ALG)
Assistant Referee 1: Redouane Achik (MAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Abdelhak Etchali (ALG)
Fourth Official: Mohamed Benouza (ALG)

17 November 2013, 15:30 CET
Stade Omnisports Ahmadou-Ahidjo, Yaounde (CMR)
Cameroon - Tunisia
Referee: Rajindraparsad Seechurn (MRI)
Assistant Referee 1: Balkrishna Bootun (MRI)
Assistant Referee 2: Vivian Vally (MRI)
Fourth Official: Jean-Claude Labrosse (SEY)

19 November 2013, 17:00 CET
30 June Stadium, Cairo (EGY)
Egypt - Ghana
Referee: Noumandiez Doue (CIV)
Assistant Referee 1: Songuifolo Yeo (CIV)
Assistant Referee 2: Jean Claude Birumshahu (BDI)
Fourth Official: Bienvenu Sinko (CIV)

19 November 2013, 19:15 CET
Mustapha Tchaker Stadium, Blida (ALG)
Algeria - Burkina Faso
Referee: Badara Diatta (SEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Djibril Camara (SEN)
Assistant Referee 2: El Hadji Samba (SEN)
Fourth Official: Ousmane Fall (SEN)


  1. Bennett and Jedidi out from play off matches.
    As said, this could be a signal, anyway it was difficult to make appointments because almost all the national teams involved in these playoffs are the countries of the preselected CAF Officials.
    Nigeria, Cameroon, Tunisia, Senegal, Ivory Coast and so on.
    Furthermore, Bennett had problems in a match with Tunisia involved at AFCON (Togo - Tunisia).
    At any rate, they might have arranged the situation in a different manner, to find a room for Bennett and Jedidi.
    I have the feeling that CAF is regretted of having left Seechurn out from the WC prelist.
    To be underlined also the appointment of Jean Claude Labrosse (1968) from Seychelles as fourth official, at his last appearence in the international scene.
    Nice gesture by CAF, appointing him.

  2. CHAMPIONS-LEAGUE= MD.5 26-&-27.11-013
    gr.A)Bayer- Manchester.U - ROCCHI
    Schakhtar - Real.Soc - THOMSON
    gr.B)Juventus - Kobenhavn - GRAFE
    gr.C)Anderlecht - Benfica - MAKELIE
    PSG - Olympiakos.P - GIL
    gr.D)Manchester.C - Viktoria.P - MALLENCO
    CSKA - Bayern - STRAHONJA
    gr.E)Basel - Chelsea - ERIKSSON
    Steaua - Schalke - BOJKO
    gr.F)Borussia - Napoli - CARBALLO
    Arsenal - Olympique.M - BORBALAN
    gr.G)Porto - Austria.W - KRALOWEC
    Zenit - Athletico - STARK
    gr.H)Celtic - Milan - HATEGAN
    Ajax - Barcelona - DR.BRYCH

    1. Not possible these predictions for Gräfe,Brych,Velasco,Makkelie and

    2. JACKO is troll with his stupid predictions!

  3. Anonymous9/11/13 16:30

    Off topic question: I'm checking the site every day for a match reports of important clashes, e.g. Champions League. Some of them never show up (even though "blog observes" are appointed - well, obviously not), some are very late. For instance, it's Saturday and there is only one report from Tuesday's (4 days ago!) matches. I'm quite aware what you are going to say - that you do it for fun, in your free time, you have other obligations etc. But I don't see a point in reading reports when I have already almost forgotten about the matches in question.

    1. We are not professional observers, we do have other occupations outside this blog. For example: I'm a student.
      We will try our best to compose the reports as quickly as possible. Please be patient.

      BTW, Collum report is done, 8.4 for him and I am watching Karasev as we speak.

    2. In addition to the words said by Nur:
      Anonymous, it seems to me that you already answered by yourself. "We have other obligations, real life and so on..."
      Well, this is true and this is the reason for which reports are late. What can we do if we can't manage it in an adequate time?
      According to what you wrote, we should stop definitevely our work. Is that your proposal?
      In my opinion, it's better to have reports after a long time, than nothing.
      If you like the work we make, we are proud.
      If you don't like, it's your right.
      If you can do it better, do it.. but believe me, we are making big efforts to assure reports of each CL match.
      Tomorrow you will surely find other PDFs ready.

    3. One question to anonymous..
      What do you think, how long does the preparation of such reports take?

    4. Anonymous9/11/13 20:01

      @Chefren: I absolutely admire this blog and I like it. I was just wondering ... For example: I was interested how Matej Jug did in Steaua - Basel a few weeks ago. I have even asked this question. Some blog observer was appointed, but until this day there isn't a report available. I was really interested in this piece of information.

      @Niclas: Don't know the exact answer. However, when I covered football matches for national media some years ago, I had a detailed report ready on the very evening of the match. It was not a referee observation report, but a detailed report after all.

    5. @Anonymous.

      A referee observation report is something different. When a match is normal without crucial calls we need about 2h to write that report. When we have crucial situations and have to review them then sometimes we don't have available links. We watch situations from our home with 1 replay at the very best and sometimes without a replay. Plus each of us has his own life and obligations (studies, work and so on) and the most important thing is that we do that because we like it.

    6. Your questions are justified and I would like to answer them.
      As Edward and co indicated, a report is not written in 30 minutes.
      I watch the matches as simulcast (all 8 matches at 20:45) to get an overall perception of every crucial decisions and basic performances. Of course only superficial ideas are possible. Then in the next days matches are watched, notes are made, sometimes scenes are discussed behind these comments and conversations in our team and then reports are written. In a sum, a good report for a match with much to report lasts up to 5 hours if you do it properly. And as we have other duties....this can sometimes last a few days or even weeks.
      For example, we had one observer for Matej Jug in Steaua-Basel, who however did not manage to combine it with his real life. Furthermore, the videos available for this match were defective. I watched many parts of the match and can tell you it was imo an 8.3 performance.

      Small outlook on marks in my reports that are still to come.
      Rizzoli: 7.6 (almost completed)
      Hagen: 7.9
      Atkinson: not watched so far
      Vad: 8.4, but questions remain on possible RC in the penalty. More then in the report.

      And for MD3, Fernández and Cakir were both ok.
      I ensure you that all reports will be uploaded by the end of this year. It is better to have good and detailed reports than fast ones. So I ask you for a bit patience.

    7. Anonymous9/11/13 23:07

      Thanks for your answers! Regards

    8. Anonymous9/11/13 23:11

      Just to add: Personally I would be very grateful if you could just shared your marks like you did in this topic, even though the report is not yet to come. I know that marks sometimes change after reviewing certain situations etc., but it is a good thing to know at least the overall impression ASAP. As Jug was already mentioned - I haven't known for example if he did 8.3 or 7.0. I also know that you often reveal your "general" marks soon, but sometimes not. Thanks again. :)

    9. I keep that in mind, thank you.

      Here some stuff for debate.
      At 60:10, Hagen had to cope with a dogso / spa situation. First I went with the referee but the replays showed imo that it should have been red for dogso. Therefore 7.9. Really a pity because Hagen was good / very good in the rest of the match (no penalty in 87-88' was acceptable).


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