According to Árbitro Internacional, Gambian official Bakary Gassama has been appointed by FIFA for the opener match of 2013 CWC, to be played between Raja Casablanca (MAR) and Auckland City (NZL) on 11 December 2013. The match will be a play off for the qualification to quarterfinals. Despite of the fact that a tean from the African confederation will be involved, FIFA has immediately broken the confederations criterion, which might have not allowed a referee from CAF to handle this match.
In addition to that, Evarist Menkouande from Cameroon will join the CAF trio as AR2, due to the injury suffered by the preselected assistant Felicien Kabanda from Rwanda. This is another significant change in FIFA referees policy, since in the past years, due to an injury, the whole trio was forced to stay out from a certain competition.
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The officiating crew will be completed by Carlos Velasco Carballo from Spain, acting as fourth official, and his countryman Roberto Alonso Fernández as reserve assistant referee.
11 December 2013, 20:30 CET (Agadir)
Raja Casablanca - Auckland City FC
Referee: Bakary Gassama (GAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Angesom Ogbamariam (ERI)
Assistant Referee 2: Evarist Menkouande (CMR)
Fourth Official: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)
Reserve AR: Roberto Alonso Fernández (ESP)