February 6, 2015

Bakary Gassama assigned for AFCON 2015 Final, Grisha with 3rd Place Match

35-year-old Gambian rising officiating star Bakary Papa Gassama has been appointed by CAF to take charge of the 30th African Cup of Nations' final match between Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana. This was communicated by refereesfifa.blogspot.com.

Gambian Bakary Gassama (photo above) was a real discovery at AFCON 2012. The 1979 born official was very inexperienced then and did not handle important matches save some at minor CAF competitions. As a starting match, he was then assigned to take control over the hosting nation Gabon's decisive match against Morocco. Apart from one significant error without impact on the result, he showed a very concentrated and sophisticated performance, maybe the best of the entire competition. A quarterfinal followed where several crucial decisions were taken correctly, too. This was the starting shot for an already stunning career: just a few months after this tournament, he suddenly appeared on the pre-list for World Cup 2014, which he later attended as one of three African main referees.

It will probably stay the biggest mystery of the entire World Cup 2014 why Suisse FIFA Refereeing Officer Massimo Busacca has appointed Gassama for one match only. Having performed well in Netherlands - Chile, he would have been an option for more games. However, performing well was apparently a part of the criteria to be excluded from further assignments at this surely special World Cup in terms of refereeing. Instead, Algerian Djamel Haimoudi received four appointments and blew it in the end.

CAF has recognized the huge success and merit of Gassama and, following his nomination for the CAF Champions League final, honoured him as Africa's Best Referee in 2014.

At AFCON 2015, Gassama has already taken charge of the opener match between Equatorial Guinea and Congo Rep., where he definitely did not have his best evening. The two subsequent matches were much better (Congo DR - Tunisia and the quarterfinal between Algeria and Côte d'Ivoire). In Bata, Gassama will meet "Les Éléphants" again against Ghana. He will be supported by assistant referees from Senegal and Sudan: Djibril Camara, who was a standby official at World Cup 2014 (e.g. in Germany-Portugal) and Waleed Ahmed Ali will run the lines. Zambia's Janny Sikazwe has been chosen as the fourth official.

The 3rd place final will be refereed by Egyptian Ghead Grisha (above), supported by Nigerian Peter Edibe (who will have his last AFCON match there) and Burundi's Jean-Claude Birumushahu. Senegalese Malang Diedhiou will serve as the fourth official. For Grisha, it is his second 3rd place final of an AFCON edition in his career after Ghana's loss against Mali in 2012.

3RD PLACE: Saturday, 07 February 2015, 20:00 CET/WAT in Malabo
Equatorial Guinea - DR Congo
Referee: Ghead Grisha (Egypt)
Assistant Referee 1: Peter Edibe (Nigeria)
Assistant Referee 2: Jean-Claude Birumushahu (Burundi)
Fourth Official: Malang Diedhiou (Senegal)

FINAL: Sunday, 08 February 2015, 20:00 CET/WAT in Bata
Côte d'Ivoire - Ghana
Referee: Bakary Papa Gassama (Gambia)
Assistant Referee 1: Djibril Camara (Senegal)
Assistant Referee 2: Waleed Ahmed Ali (Sudan)
Fourth Official: Janny Sikazwe (Zambia)


  1. 17 February 2015, 20:45 CET (Paris)
    Paris SG - Chelsea FC
    UEFA Referee Observer: Bo Karlsson (SWE)
    UEFA Delegate: Martin Sturkenboom (NED)
    Prediction: Viktor Kassai (HUN)

    17 February 2015, 20:45 CET (Lviv)
    Shakhtar Donetsk - FC Bayern München
    UEFA Referee Observer: Paul Allaerts (BEL)
    UEFA Delegate: Adonis Procopiou (CYP)
    Prediction: Carlos Velasco (ESP)

    18 February 2015, 20:45 CET (Gelsenkirchen)
    FC Schalke 04 - Real Madrid
    UEFA Referee Observer: Jaap Uilenberg (NED)
    UEFA Delegate: Metin Kazancioglu (TUR)
    Prediction: Pavel Královec (CZE) or William Collum (SCO)

    18 February 2015, 20:45 CET (Basel)
    FC Basel - FC Porto
    UEFA Referee Observer: Marc Batta (FRA)
    UEFA Delegate: Scott Struthers (SCO)
    Prediction: David Fernández (ESP)

    1. My prediction is
      PSG-CHE: Mazic
      DON-BAY: Tagliavento
      S04-REA: Moen
      BAS-POR: Mateu Lahoz

    2. ManCity-Barcelona
      Observer: Bertrand Layec (FRA)
      Delegate: Michele Uva (ITA)

      Jim Hansen (DEN), Steen Dahrup (DEN) and Jean Mievis (BEL) are delegates in Juve-Dortmund, Leverkusen-Atlético and Arsenal-Monaco.

    3. Anonymous10/2/15 06:01

      Is Cakir fully recovered?

    4. Anonymous12/2/15 11:35

      Yes he has been appointed in Turkish Super Lig starting from 27/12/14.

  2. I have downloaded the referee assistance program with the link on this website, but I am unsure as to how to make the considerations, decision explanation etc. become apparent,
    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  3. Go Papa! I met you in Accra and Banjul! You are a gem! Go high!

  4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4rByc8qc0M

    1. Directly after de Jong's tackle, that belongs to the most terrible fouls I have seen. Unfortunately for the referee it was happening in his dead angle (0°). Nonetheless it is hard to accept that something like that was missed.

  5. Two missed violent conducts after 20 minutes.

  6. Three crucial scenes: VC by Baba (7'), VC by Gyan (22') maybe 2nd YC for Serey Die (28').

    1. Anonymous9/2/15 08:43

      I agree. Missed red cards at 8' and 22'.

  7. Mateu Lahoz very bad in Athletic-Barcelona! Two missed penalties and no criteria at all with foul detection. At least he has correctly shown a straigth red card in second half, but several missed cards and fouls ...

    1. Anonymous8/2/15 22:58

      I fear it's the way the modern refereeing goes. No matter how many bad decisions you take. It matters how good you control the game by authority and charizma.

  8. Anonymous9/2/15 05:12

    Busacca may have gotten a bunch of things wrong at the World Cup. But after seeing Gassamma today, I am sure that he made the correct choice to not give Gassamma more matches.

    Serey Die should have been sent off in the 1st half with either a straight red for serious foul play or at the very least for a second cautionable offense.

    Asamoah Gyan was very fortunate to have played beyond the first half. Because Gassamma and Co. missed him clearly stomping on a Ivory Coast player which was violent conduct.

    Overall a very poorly officiated tournament were the referee's seemed to be gutless and cowardly to hand out cards and to deal with dissent.

    1. I can not agree. Die actually played the ball first, a RC for SFP is not even remotely possible.

      Harsh words for the entire tournament, which I also can not agree to.

    2. Anonymous9/2/15 17:33

      Maxi, I partly agree with you! After playing the Ball in a reckless way (yellow card), IVC #20 didn't only show a lack of consideration for the wellfare of his opponent. He also clearly endangered the saftey by deliberately stepping his streched leg into the opponents' privates without slowing down. Violent Conduct = RED CARD

  9. Specielly Matéu agreed all larges violences of Bilbao.

  10. Giuseppe9/2/15 19:07

    PSG-Chelsea, Mazic
    Shaktar-Bayern, Skomina
    Schalke-Real, Atkinson
    Basel-Oporto, F.Borbalán
    Barça-City, Eriksson
    Juventus-Dortmund, Kuipers
    Leverkusen-Atlético, Kassai
    Arsenal-Monaco, Moen

  11. Bayer Leverkusen - Atlético Madrid
    UEFA Referee Observer: Pierluigi Collina (ITA)
    UEFA Delegate: Steen Dahrup (DEN)

    Juventus - Borussia Dortmund
    UEFA Referee Observer: Jørn West Larsen (DEN)
    UEFA Delegate: Jim Stjerne Hansen (DEN)

    Arsenal - Monaco
    UEFA Referee Observer: Sándor Piller (HUN)
    UEFA Delegate: Jean Paul Mievis (BEL)

    ManCity - Barcelona
    UEFA Referee Observer: Bertrand Layec (FRA)
    UEFA Delegate: Michele Uva (ITA)

  12. So Collina in Bayer Leverkusen - Atlético Madrid: a candidate for CL final? A Category 1 to be promoted? An important test for a referee like Kralovec or Collum? Many options here.

  13. Another red card missed by Gassama:

  14. According to CFA there are 2 delegate/observers appointments for EL.

    Dynamo Moscow - Anderlecht 26/02
    UEFA Delegate: George Koumas (CYP)

    Everton - Young Boys 26/02
    UEFA Referee Observer: Christakis Skapoulis (CYP)

  15. First legs / second legs
    Observer / Delegate

    Young Boys - Everton
    Przesmycki (POL), Damgaard (DEN) / Skapoullis (CYP), Larsen (NOR)

    Torino - Athletic
    Ruzbarsky (SVK), Ryan (IRL) / Piraux (BEL), Portelli (MLT)

    Sevilla - M'gladbach
    Koren (ISR), Alaja (FIN) / Spirin (RUS), Repka (CZE)

    Wolfsburg - Sporting
    Ellingham (WAL), Dudl (CZE) / Deaconu (ROU), Milevskis (LVA)

    Ajax - Legia
    Ormandjiev (BUL), McRae (SCO) / Young (SCO), Bivolaru (ROU)

    Aalborg - Brugge
    Bianchi (SUI), Piscanu (ROU) / Levnikov (RUS), Bokeria (GEO)

    Anderlecht - Dynamo M.
    McVicar (SCO), Kofoed (DEN) / Krondl (CZE), Koumas (CYP)

    Dnipro - Olympiakos
    Carlsen (DEN), Huseynzade (AZE) / Pedersen (NOR), Harlamov (EST)

    Trabzonspor - Napoli
    Wegereef (NED), Thierrichter (AUT) / Stuchlik (AUT), Mutschler (SUI)

    Guingamp - Dynamo K.
    Barry (ENG), Zorzi (SUI) / Kelly (IRL), Lundström (FIN)

    Villarreal - Salzburg
    Farina (ITA), Coquard (FRA) / Bikas (GRE), McGrath (IRL)

    AS Roma - Feyenoord
    Vagner (HUN), Cuervas (ESP) / Jokic (SRB), Hover (ENG)

    Eindhoven - Zenit
    Lemmer (LUX), Djukanovic (MNE) / Casha (MLT), Wattebled (FRA)

    Liverpool - Besiktas
    Rosetti (ITA), Schmölzer (AUT) / Luci (ITA), Lüchinger (LIE)

    Tottenham - Fiorentina
    Petrovic (SRB), Zavrl (SVN) / Steinborn (GER), Cvrk (CRO)

    Celtic - Inter
    Heitmann (GER), Zimmermann (GER) / Koopman (NED, Albino (POR)

  16. You can find the new CL referee kits for 15/16 here on page 50

    The colours are bright red, yellow, bright cyan (~blue), night navy (~black), the shorts are also in night navy.


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