January 15, 2015

AFCON 2015 - Matchday 1 - Referee Appointments

Thanks to Árbitro Internacional, we can provide you with the referee appointments for the first matchday of CAF African Cup of Nations Equatorial Guinea. CAF's Best Referee of 2014, Gambian Bakary Papa Gassama, has been assigned to take charge of the opener game.



17 January 2015, 17:00 CET
Group A, Bata
Equatorial Guinea - Rep. Congo
Referee: Bakary Papa Gassama (Gambia, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Evarist Menkouande (Cameroon)
Assistant Referee 2: Aden Marwa Range (Kenya)
Fourth Official: Hamada el Moussa Nampiandraza (Madagascar)
CAF Referee Assessor: Essam Siam (Egypt)
Blog Observer: Niclas (Germany)

17 January 2015, 20:00 CET
Group A, Bata
Burkina Faso - Gabon
Referee: Rajindraparsad Seechurn (Mauritius)
Assistant Referee 1: Angesom Ogbamariam (Eritrea)
Assistant Referee 2: Zakhele Thusi Siwela (South Africa)
Fourth Official: Mohamed Said Kordi (Tunisia)
CAF Referee Assessor: Lim Kee Chong (Mauritius)

18 January 2015, 17:00 CET
Group B, Ebebiyin
Zambia - DR Congo
Referee: Ghead Grisha (Egypt)
Assistant Referee 1: Waleed Ahmed Ali (Sudan)
Assistant Referee 2: Tahssen Abo El Sadat (Egypt)
Fourth Official: Juste Ephrem Zio (Burkina Faso)

18 January 2015, 20:00 CET
Group B, Ebebiyin
Tunisia - Cape Verde
Referee: Eric Otogo-Castane (Gabon)
Assistant Referee 1: Aboubacar Doumbouya (Guinea)
Assistant Referee 2: Theogene Ndagijimana (Rwanda)
Fourth Official: Ali Lemghaifry (Mauritania)
Blog Observer: Chefren (Italy)

19 January 2015, 17:00 CET
Group C, Mongono
Ghana - Senegal
Referee: Bernard Camille (Seychelles)
Assistant Referee 1: Peter Edibe (Nigeria)
Assistant Referee 2: Hassan Egueh (Djibouti)
Fourth Official: Bamlak Tessema Weyesa (Ethiopia)
Blog Observer: Niclas (Germany)

19 January 2015, 20:00 CET
Group C, Mongono
Algeria - South Africa
Referee: Noumandiez Doue (Côte d'Ivoire)
Assistant Referee 1: Songuifolo Yeo (Côte d'Ivoire)
Assistant Referee 2: Jean-Claude Birumushahu (Burundi)
Fourth Official: Aboubacar Mario Bangoura (Guinea)

20 January 2015, 17:00 CET
Group D, Malabo
Côte d'Ivoire - Guinea
Referee: Mehd Abid Charef (Algeria)
Assistant Referee 1: Abdelhak Etchiali (Algeria)
Assistant Referee 2: Yahaya Mahamdou (Niger)
Fourth Official: Joaquin Elia Esono Eyang (Equatorial Guinea)
Blog Observer: Chefren (Italy)

20 January 2015, 20:00 CET
Group D, Malabo
Mali - Cameroon
Referee: Janny Sikazwe (Zambia)
Assistant Referee 1: Jerson Emiliano Dos Santos (Angola)
Assistant Referee 2: Oamogetse Godisamang (Botswana)
Fourth Official:
Blog Observer: TBD

72 Comments:

  1. Anonymous15/1/15 15:08

    The 4th ref for opening game is Hamada Nampiandraza from Madagascar

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  2. Anonymous17/1/15 02:59

    4th ref for Burkina-Gabon is Mohamed Said Kordi (Tunisia)

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  3. The 1:0 goal of Equatorial Guinea was scored from a tight offside position. AR1 Menkouande missed it.

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  4. Indeed. Good management of the first two YCs.

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  5. Missed RC for me (47'). Clear ellbow to the face!

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  6. For me the YC no.2 in the game was not necessary. No clear promising attack and no reckless challenge, free-kick was enough for me.

    Other considerations:
    15': foul in the midfield on CGO #14, no whistle (advantage, even though there was only a ball advantage and no team benefit). #14 then retaliated. If Gassama sees that, a RC is possible.
    34': reckless tackle, YC necessary
    48': missing red card against EQG #15 for illegal use of arm as a weapon (elbow into the face). Verbal warning not enough.
    full time: good foul detection, calm attitude and personality, body language to be improved (no body tension in gestures).

    No good performance unfortunately.

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    1. 74' Wrongly disallowed attack / goal by AR2...0,5 m onside at least.

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    2. I would add:

      00:20 - 00:42 - #15 EQG commits a foul on #18 CGO; missed an obligatory yellow card for recklessness
      07:38 - 08:25 - #15 EQG commits a foul on #18 CGO; yeah, there was a clash of heads, but it resulted from #15 EQG reckless behaviour, missed foul and yellow card for my taste

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  7. Both ARs have a bad day. This time goal wrongly cancelled.

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  8. Poor assistant referees.. they got everything wrong until now! Also minor calls.

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  9. We can talk about a SFP RC for the Goalkeeper.

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  10. Anonymous17/1/15 18:54

    No we cant. Yellow.

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    1. Thanks for your detailed and well-funded reply. :)

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  11. Poor performance in the opening match:
    - 1-0 - missed small offside by Menkouande
    - missed red card by Gassama (not even a yellow card was shown) in the 48th minute for EQG #15
    - crucial mistake of Range who wrongly raised his flag for offside in the action that would have definitely resulted in goal...

    Gassama with some inconsistencies in disciplinary control and - what is more important - not the best attitude, lacked in communication; some small talks would have solved problems much better than being a policeman on the field

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  12. The last YC for Balboa (89') was for dissent, wasn't it?

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    1. Nope. It was for not keeping a 9.15 m distance from free kick taker even after the referee asked him for going back.

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    2. Thank you very much, Hubert! :)

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  13. Your thoughts on the BKF penalty appeal in 34'?

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    1. Not enough contact to fall like a sack of potatoes! :)

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  14. An OK performance by Seechurn and Co. Some minor errors, but nothing big. I would add more minutes to the second half (4-5; also Gassama decided to finish the second half after 3 added minutes although there was a substitution and small injury) and some yellow cards were missing. At the end, no important mistakes what is a good sign after the first game.

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    1. Hubert pretty much said all that was to say. A note for the FO, he seemed to have a communication problem with BKF Coach Put which resulted in a Change having to be stopped.

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    2. Some scenes to rewatch if you want to make a report from this game:

      03:12 - 03:22 (03:38 - 04:15) - missed foul and I think a verbal warning for #18 BFA for a foul on #17 GAB
      06:15 - 06:42 - was there a deliberate play from Gabonese player what should have made an offside inexistent (AR1)?
      29:45 - 30:12 - it seems it was a very good onside call from AR1
      33:00 - 33:17 (33:45 - 34:02) - #5 GAB vs #17 BFA duel in the Gabonese penalty area; there was probably a contact between legs, there was a push, but was it enough for penalty?
      34:00 - 34:56 - the referee rightly does not allow the Gabonese players to take the free kick quickly from a different position to that where the foul occured
      36:58 - 37:45 - confusion with a corner kick for Burkina Faso because the referee changes the decision on a throw-in for Gabon
      48:12 - 48:40 - #10 GAB should have been booked for a studs-up challenge on #13 BFA
      56:48 - 57:10 - #22 GAB commits a foul on #6 BFA; did it require a second caution for recklessness?
      57:15 - 57:35 - #9 GAB commits a foul; did it require a yellow card for breaking a promising attack?
      64:48 - 65:52 - #6 BFA commits a foul on #9 GAB; did it require a yellow card for recklessness?

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  15. I have rewatched the EQG 1-0 goal again and... it was a brilliant call by Menkouande! A shoe of Congolese player is closer to the penalty area line than the goal-scorer.

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    1. You are right, at least one can presume that the small white "thing" is the defender's shoe and not a stripe on the attacker's sleeve. At least, AR1 must be supported for his call then.
      What makes me still have some doubts about whether we can call it "brilliant" is that Menkouande actually was not ideally positioned. But ok, great call in itself.

      About the card-situations you mentioned above. I agree with both, the 2nd one should be a YC, the first one after only 25 seconds could be considered as between careless and reckless. If I were Gassama, I would have used the chance to send a clear and public warning to players and audience (the player had some intent to reach the ball, was maybe over-motivated given the atmosphere and passion in the first moments..). Gassama missed that chance, unfortunately.

      What is your view on 15:05? In the replay, the retaliation becomes quite clear, even though the player did not fully hit his opponent.

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    2. Yes, it's clear and Gassama caught that because he warned the player(s) after the end of action. It's a situation where it can go either way (warning <-> red card). I think that the strong verbal warning was the best solution - using the authority rather than reaching into the pocket.

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  16. FO for ZAM-DRC is Juste Ephrem Zio (Burkina Faso).

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  17. Horrific call by AR1 in ZAM-DRC, at least 1.5 meters not offside, ZAM player would have been all alone in front of the goal.

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  18. A foul borderline to red has been evaluated as reckless tackle by Otogo-Castan right now. In my opinion, it could have been straight red. Very late tackle loaded with both legs right in front of the opponent.

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    1. 28': Absolutely wrong offside flag by AR2. These mistakes are too blatant.

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  19. An okayish performance by Grisha with one crucial mistake of AR1. I think Grisha was too lenient (some yellow cards missed) but maybe the lazy atmosphere of the game and an overall friendly approach of both teams made him such. One penalty appeal to rewatch in the 53rd minute of the game.

    Again too small amount of added minutes to the second half...

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  20. Great eye by Otogo-Castane, foul was outside, no pk. However, no caution is unacceptable. Also the following chance is a CLEAR corner.

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    1. I have rewatched the scene, well, NO CARD is almost like a crucial mistake here. This was more red than yellow. NO CARD is unacceptable, you are right.

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    2. Exactly Chefren, another defender was near, but could he intervene?

      That only YC so far was more red IMHO.

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    3. Looking for a logical explanation, it is easy to think that he was perhaps too concentrated and focused in detecting where the foul had occurred (excellent detection and clear explanations to players by gestures) for this reason he forgot that a card was mandatory in such scene.

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  21. Crucial minutes in Tunisia - Cape Verde.

    38': Excellent decision by Otogo-Castane, for a foul occurred outside the box - not easy to detect. It looked like a penalty at first glance. But I think a card was missing here.

    40': on the subsequent free kick, penalty appeal by Cape Verde for an alleged deliberate handball.

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  22. Was Rajindraparsad Seechurn really observed by compatriot An-Yan Lim Kee Chong?

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    1. http://www.cafonline.com/Portals/0/AFCON2015/match%202%20startlist.pdf

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    2. Thanks, Chefren - very strange ...

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  23. 63': disallowed goal. Who committed foul on the keeper? Very controversial situation. Ihave many doubts.

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  24. 76:00 correct and clear penalty whistled in favor of Cape Verde.
    Again, no card. Questionable decision.

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  25. Correct pk for me, missed YC again.

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  26. Final words on Eric "no Cards" Otogo-Castane: Correct pk, correct free-kick instead of pk and acceptable call to disallow a TUN goal. At least two mandatory YCs missed and the only one issued was more of a RC (SFP) for me.

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  27. Overall, a very meticulous foul detection by Otogo-Castane. He whistled everything. Match was never fluent, many stoppages. The big controversy is in my opinion about the possible red card for DOGSO, missed.
    Here the most important situations:
    14': is YC enough? it can be SFP
    28': not still rewatched, but it should be a offside mistake by AR2
    38': free kick, excellent decision, no penalty, but why not card? red card for DOGSO possible
    40' penalty appeal for deliberate handball, I think correct decision to play on, but to be rewatched carefully
    60' a risk for a player to get the second YC for a foul, but I think acceptable NO CARD decision
    63' disallowed goal, for a foul on the keeper, to be rewatched, keepers are often overprotected, but one must remember Otogo-Castane style
    76' a correct and important offside flag by AR1
    77' penalty for Cape Verde, foul occurred inside the box, but also in this case one can discuss about the chance to issue a card

    I hope I have not missed other situations, report to follow in the next days...

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    1. Seen the replay of the 40' scene, for me no deliberate or punishable handball.

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    2. I'm overally satisfied by this performance:
      14' - a red card could have been issued but still acceptable to give only a yellow card
      38' - world-class detection of the place where the foul occured; attacker kicked the ball slightly on the left, so yellow card would be appropriate and mandatory one
      40' - hand does not enlarge a body surface, only possible call is a no-call
      63' - there was an attack on GK, one of replays shows it clearly, correct decision
      77' - I have my doubts if there was enough contact, but an acceptable decision for sure

      No crucial mistake in my eyes, an expected level performance for me.

      The refs must have received instructions to be lenient and - as at 2014 FIFA WC - it suits well for some situations but is very bad in others; no visible balance, only leniency.

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    3. Having rewatched certain scenes, I must add / correct something.
      The important call by AR1 is at 81', the one at 76' seems rather a mistake, too early. I don't see a player influencing the opponent here.
      The situation at 38' is for me red card. I think that without the foul, the player was going to be alone in area against the keeper. But yes, one can discuss about the YC due to defenders presence.
      And, I must also say that, rewatching the contact occurred when Otogo whistled penalty, it seeems really soft. But justified, I can't think that in such case, the player from CPV made a simulation.

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  28. Predictions MD3:
    BFA-EQG: Lemghaifry (MTN), Doumbouya (GUI), Ndagijimana (RWA), Weyesa (ETH)
    CGO-GAB: Lamptey (GHA), Salifu (GHA), Ali (SUD), Diedhiou (SEN)
    TUN-ZAM: Coulibaly (MLI), Bootun (MRI), Samba (SEN), Bangoura (GUI)
    COD-CPV: Nampiandraza (MAD), Camara (SEN), Range (KEN), N'Diaye (SEN)
    ALG-GHA: Kordi (TUN), Ogbamariam (ERI), Hmila (TUN), Hussein (SDN)
    SEN-RSA: Alioum (CMR), Edibe (NGA), Menkouande (CMR), Sikazwe (ZAM)
    MLI-CIV: El Ahrach (MAR), Achik (MAR), Siwela (RSA)
    GUI-CMR: Weyesa (ETH), Salifu (GHA), Yacin (DJI), Diedhiou (SEN)

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    1. * MLI-CIV: ..., Gomes (RSA)

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  29. Correct penalty and YC by Camille right now. Clear foul by SEN keeper.

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  30. The best performance so far. A fluent game in which Camille gets everything right. No unnecessary carding, good using of authority and verbal warnings. 8.4 or even 8.5 for the first half.

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  31. Camille continued his very good performance and faced two key situations. A big penalty shout in the 73rd minute of the game - did the Ghana player hit the ball, was a fall natural or rather directed to win a penalty? It's almost impossible to answer these questions without a benefit of replay. The second penalty appeal came three minutes later and there was definitely not deliberate handball, so a good play-on call by Camille. Absolutely the best performance of the tournament so far!

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    1. I agree, poor replays in second half. Difficult to make a reliable report.

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    2. I agree, it's not that possible. I expected to see a quite talented official in that game, Camille was strongly pushed, has Maillet behind him and indicated his talent last year. I think he has huge chances for WC 2018.

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  32. Doue has started the match with his style :)

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  33. Correct penalty, but clearly missed DOGSO by Doue. Wrong YC, must be a RC.

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  34. Agree with Niclas on the penalty. Also the first YC was wrong.

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  35. Missed YC for not retreating in stoppage time. I hate that kind of stuff.

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    1. Anonymous20/1/15 03:45

      That might be part of the tournaments' instruction. Have seen this kind of infringement in too many games without refs dealing with it. Same problem in the Asian Cup! Tournament officials might be afraid of too many cautions and good players missing games consequently.

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  36. According to this source:
    http://www.cafonline.com/Portals/0/NewsLetters/Official%20Program%20-%20web%20-%20EN.pdf
    (page 70)
    Juste Efrem Zio (BFA) and Maguette Ndiaye (SEN) are reserve referees, while Theogene Ndaguimana (RWA) reserve assistant referee.
    But Theogene Ndaguimana was appointed yesterday in Tunisia - Cape Verde. Strange.

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  37. Severe broadcasting problems in this AFCON. It is very difficult to follow a game.

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  38. RC for Gervinho, violent conduct. Charef missed the scene, I think the reaction was reported by FO or AR1.

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  39. Quite a horrible challenge after an offside whistled by Sikazwe. No warning. The official seemed to miss it completely. Your view(s)? Red?

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  40. Far too many YCs by Sikakwe, very lenient. Two or three would have calmed down the game.

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  41. Correctly disallowed goal by AR1 Dos Santos in the added time of second half, but then a mistake by AR2 on the other side, denying a good chance to score for Cameroon...

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    1. I'm not sure, maybe he was centimetres offside. But you are right, if it was wrong, a huge chance to score and maybe even a goalkeeper foul.

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    2. If it was wrong (I'll check the replay later) penalty and YC for the goalkeeper .

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    3. Was the ball still in play when the contact occurred? I had this doubt live.

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    4. Correct call in my opinion - it was offside.

      What about the incident in 82:10? Aboubacar (CMR) clearly headbutted his opponent who was provoking him. Sikazwe chose a verbal warning, but this really needed a red card for violent conduct even if the fall was exaggerated. Thoughts?

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    5. I only watched the first 60 minutes. In my opinion, as Howard Maxi said, Sikazwe was very passive. No clear match-plan, no preventive refereeing and too little body language and grip to the game. He took some decisions, but refereeing is more.

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