January 18, 2013

Haimoudi with opener, Gassama with top clash

CAF has recently unveiled the match official appointments for the first eight matches of this year's Africa Cup of Nations. While Algeria's Djamel Haimoudi has the honour to blow the starting whistle of this competition in Soccer City, Gambian Bakary Papa Gassama has received the probably most striking appointment of the first round, being in charge of the top clash between Algeria and Tunisia.

Bakary Papa Gassama (Gambia) (c) dumbfind.com

Match 1, Group A, Johannesburg (Soccer City)
19 January 2013, 18:00
South Africa - Cape Verde
Referee: Djamel Haimoudi (Algeria)
Assistant Referee 1: Felicien Kabanda (Rwanda)
Assistant Referee 2: Songuifolo Yeo (Côte d'Ivoire)
Fourth Official: Noumandiez Doue (Côte d'Ivoire)

Match 2, Group A, Johannesburg (Soccer City)
19 January 2013, 21:00
Angola - Morocco 
Referee: Badara Diatta (Senegal)
Assistant Referee 1: Djibril Camara (Senegal)
Assistant Referee 2: El Hadji Malick Samba (Senegal)
Fourth Official: Koman Coulibaly (Mali)

Match 3, Group B, Port Elizabeth (Nelson Mandela Bay)
20 January 2013, 17:00
Ghana - DR Congo
Referee: Daniel Bennett (South Africa)
Assistant Referee 1: Aden Marwa Range (Kenya)
Assistant Referee 2: Zakhele Thusi Siwela (South Africa)
Fourth Official: Ghead Grisha (Egypt)

Match 4, Group B, Port Elizabeth (Nelson Mandela Bay)
20 January 2013, 20:00
Mali - Niger
Referee: Slim Jedidi (Tunisia)
Assistant Referee 1: Bechir Hassani (Tunisia)
Assistant Referee 2: Anouar Hmila (Tunisia)
Fourth Official: Bouchaib El Ahrach (Morocco)

Match 5, Group C, Mbombela (Mbombela Stadium)
21 January 2013, 17:00
Zambia - Ethiopia
Referee: Eric Otogo-Castane (Gabon)
Assistant Referee 1: Jean-Claude Birumushahu (Burundi)
Assistant Referee 2: Arsénio Marengula (Mozambique)
Fourth Official: Rajindraparsad Seechurn (Mauritius)

Match 6, Group C, Mbombela (Mbombela Stadium)
21 January 2013, 20:00
Nigeria - Burkina Faso
Referee: Mohamed Benouza (Algeria)
Assistant Referee 1: Redouane Achik (Morocco)
Assistant Referee 2: Jerson Emiliano Dos Santos (Angola)
Fourth Official: Nampiandraza Hamada el Moussa (Madagascar)

Match 7, Group D, Rustenburg (Royal Bafokeng Stadium)
22 January 2013, 17:00
Côte d'Ivoire - Togo
Referee: Néant Alioum (Cameroon)
Assistant Referee 1: Evarist Menkouande (Cameroon)
Assistant Referee 2: Théophile Vinga (Gabon)
Fourth Official: Sylvester Kirwa (Kenya)

Match 8, Group D, Rustenburg (Royal Bafokeng Stadium)
22 January 2013, 20:00
Tunisia - Algeria
Referee: Bakary Papa Gassama (Gambia)
Assistant Referee 1: Angesom Ogbamariam (Eritrea)
Assistant Referee 2: Peter Edibe (Nigeria)
Fourth Official: Badara Diatta (Senegal)

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  1. UNCAF Copa de Naciones
    Costa Rica -18/27 January 2013

    Referees appointments for Day 1

    Referee: Aguilar Joel (El Salvador)
    Assistant Referee : Zumba Juan Francisco (El Salvador)
    Assistant Referee : Williamson Daniel (Panama)
    4th Official : Moreno Roberto (Panama)

    Referee: López Castellanos Walter (Guatemala)
    Assistant Referee : López Gerson (Guatemala)
    Assistant Referee : Leal Leonel (Costa Rica)
    4th Official : Quesada Walter (Costa Rica)

    Referee: Rodríguez Héctor (Honduras)
    Assistant Referee : Velásquez Zelaya Oscar (Honduras)
    Assistant Referee : Corrales Keitzel (Nicaragua)
    4th Official : García Roberto (Mexico)

  2. H!
    As always, it seems that CAF has problems to publish the appoinments in a decent manner, it's difficult to find news, and I think that as long as we don't read these appointments on the site, we can't be sure about them.
    By the way, Gassama with such top clash is the first important signal, and I would like to know the assistants of this match.
    For the rest, we can underline Diatta and Jedidi appointments: main referee and both assistants from the same country, that is a good thing for communication.

  3. These appointments are safe now. A slight change was made, as Bennett got his pre list assistant Range of Kenya and Rwanda's Kabanda now goes to Soccer City.
    Gassama with 3 very experienced teammates, he really deserves this first test.

  4. Nicolas Taran with an unlucky mistake in PAR-BOL, call it blatant if you want:
    1:17 http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xwujgx_paraguay-bolivia-5-1-sudamericano-sub20_sport?search_algo=2#.UPmOu2fqnpY

    1. Unbelievable mistake, in my opinion the only explanation is that he thought that the head-butt was made by a defender.

  5. It's off-topic, but I want to show you such place where every important appointments will be posted. Now, there are only current matchdays and tournaments, but we plan to post every matches from beggining of the 2012/13 season, but it will take a long time :) However, welcome from now! You can search here every important current fixtures!


    As you see, I was a bit busy. We re-built our site and therefore I was not able to watch any match at this time. By the way, will watch Irmatov's semi and two final matches of Gulf Cup today!

    Regards to all!

  6. IRAQ 1-1, 4-2(pen) BAHRAIN

    Ravshan Irmatov (UZB) - 7.9
    Abduxamidullo Rasulov (UZB) - 8.4
    Bakhadyr Kochkarov (KGZ) - 8.4
    Khalil Al-Ghamdi (KSA) - 8.0

    Very difficult match to Irmatov... He had full control over the game and players, natural authority, and (of course) perfect fitness and positioning all the way. For sure, he was the best referee of this tournament.

    We should deeply analyse some situations:

    22' - Salam Shakir (IRQ) fouled his opponent in a careless/reckless manner; Kochkarov nicely detected it; this player had an early yellow card (2') in his account and he could have been easily sent-off; however, I think, Irmatov was right in giving him the last chance

    25' - very doubtful situation; Hammam Tarik (IRQ) didn't touch the ball, Faouzi Aaish tried to use it to win the penalty; my evaluation is: correct no penalty, Bahraini player didn't have to fall down, it was more dive than penalty

    60' - probably the biggest mistake of the match; free kick to Bahrain for an alleged handball; it was Irmatov's feeling, I understand him, but directly from this free kick, Bahrain scored fantastic goal, goal of the tournament for sure...; hence, it should be considered as crucial mistake... a pity

    92' - first handball situation in the extra-time; Abdullah Omar's (BHR) handball was undeliberate for sure; correct non-penalty call

    96' - it's really interesting situation; the handball by Abdullah Yusif (BHR) was very clear; Irmatov probably didn't see it, Rasulov should have saw it well and I think he did; one can polemize, was it deliberate or undeliberate act; for me - undeliberate, Yusif tried to play the ball by his knee and just missed, then a contact between hand and ball was natural; correct and to me excellent call

    100' - Walid Salim (IRQ) played the ball by his hand; Irmatov didn't see it for sure in opposite to Kochkarov, who had a clear view and signaled a foul by Bahraini player; yes, there was a foul before the handball, but I'm still not sure he signaled this one or handball... by BHR; benefit of the doubt

    105' - not big situation, but possible yellow card to Abdullah Omar (BHR) for reckless tackle; knee on the head... - not given

    1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YYinHq4GqU (first half)
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQNhYjVOkPU (second half)
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVxucut3u_E (extra-time)
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzpP6mXSPQ8 (penalties)

    2. Here I am for the analysis, first of all thank you for this detailed report as always!

      22': Agree with you, yellow card almost mandatory, and Irmatov recognized that! Excellent alert by Kochkarov. No mistake at all, as yu wrote the referee probably wanted to give another chance to the player.

      25': Very difficult situation. Thank to the camera, we can read the situation in its whole progress, of course Irmatov had surely a worse wiev. By the way, being clear that the ball was never touched by defender, the action could be read as irregular, then foul. But in my mind, it's too soft to whistle a penalty. You will watch the 3rd place match and the penalty given to Kuwait, a very similar situation, in which the keeper doesn't touch at al the ball, but makes the opponent fall down with a slight contact. In these situations, whistling a penalty isn't wrong, according to the rules, but it seems a gift by the referee. So I can accept the NO-CALL by Irmatov, I think that this isn't neither dive, because the player is surrounded by two opponents.

      60': Crucial mistake, yes, and I also agree when you say that it was a feeling by the referee. Unluckily, wrong feeling. More unluckily, Bahrein scored. Of course the fact that at the end Iraq won the match, must be reported in favor of Irmatov.

      92': correct, under several aspects this is a similar situation to the penalty whistled by Kassai, but this time the two players jump together and the handball is absolutely undeliberate.

      96': 100% agree with you and if you want me to be honest, also watchinG the replays, it seems a knee-touch more than a handball. Very difficult to detect as foul, therefore correct decision by referee. By the way, let me also say that it was impossible for Irmatov to read this situation, we can do it thank to the cameras.

      100': Kochkarov signaled a foul in favor of Iraq, you can read his flag! The foul was detected prior to Iraq player's handball. I think correct decision.

      105': possible YC, I agree

      Overall, the biggest problem of this match was the high number of handballs to evaluate. I think that the only and clear mistake is the free kick given, which led to Bahrein goal. A pity, as you wrote. All the other situations were at least doubtful, so we must stay with the referee. The call made by Kocharov IMHO is acceptable. Good performance by Irmatov, but we have to recognize his crucial mistakes. Therefore, I agree with your mark, 7.9, a pity, because he was the best referee of the tournament, but sometimes this isn't enough and you can understand how much is difficult to officiate a match, especially when the bad luck offers to yu many difficult case to evaluate.

    3. Again 100% agreement :D

      Yes, it was foul by Iraqi player signaled by Kochkarov... Probably this pulling before handball was signaled by him. Correct call.

      And agree, it was extremely difficult match to Irmatov who again showed his skills, but made this one mistake. Only imagine, if it was no goal, the mark wouldn't be decreased even by 0,1 point... I'm sorry for Irmatov!
      Thank you very very much!!!

    4. Sh*t, Bahraini player.

    5. Thank you also for the mail, I will try to translate it in a decent way.. ;)

    6. I've just seen the handball before the bahrain's goal which you called crucial mistake.
      guys, I don't agree with you. have you seen what is considered to be a "hand" under the laws of the game? the picture in the middle >>
      do you still think it was a mistake?

  7. Very brave call by Dutch talent, Dennis Higler in PSV-Zwolle 1-3. Red card for Pieters (PSV), correct, if you ask me (excessive force), but FA would rescind this card in appeal for sure :D


  8. @ Chefren

    I love scene from Lazio - Cagliari when Orsato gave correct penalty and then booked GK for a foul, booked him again for protests = red card #1, booked another player for protests and sent-off another player for protests! Wonderful self-confidency and calmness by Orsato. He showed top-class there! Amazing! Collina must be proud, I would like to see referees punishing protesting players more often!

    Waiting for analysis of Irmatov's performance.

    1. Hi Yun,

      Thank you for tyour prevous answer. I'm going to reply to your analysis about Irmatov.
      Orsato: we have discussed about that situation also here, probably you have missed the post ;) By the way, everything is correct, the penalty seems the right decision, as you said. But you are wrong when you think that the keeper was booked for complaints. No, prior to the foul, the keeper was already booked, then Orsato forgot that and he showed only the yellow card. A few later, he was probably informed by Velotto (second additional) and he sent off him. Furthermore, I think that Velotto helped Orsato also in the penalty decision.

      @Admin: yesterday Schalke- Hannover 5-4, what a match, haven't watched it but I'm sure it was amazing...

    2. Didn't watch the whole match, so why I'm wrong ;)
      However, Orsato's attitude - AMAZING!
      And yes, I missed this discussion... which post?

      Schalke - Hannover must be an extremely interesting match, but I always emphasize that level of tactic must be really low when both teams score at least 4 goals... By the way, I like nick 'Admin' much, even better than boss or director :DDDDD

    3. http://footballrefereeing.blogspot.it/2013/01/english-referees.html

      In this page, comment written January 6, 2013 at 4:38 PM.

      By the way Yun, very good work for the appointments on your site, I think that the most difficult thing is to update it every week and sometimes also every day. A hard but surely admirable work.
      My compliments for that.

      PS Are Polish people interested in refereeing (especially international)?


    4. Thank you, I've already found it.

      Mostly in national, but some of them often search appointments for Premier League, Primera Division, etc. I think it will be helpful to Poles, but also to foreign users! Of course, it's my project with appointments and only I will be update it nearly every day :)

      Here, the penalty in Lazio - Cagliari if someone is interested in video of this situation:


  9. Schalke-Hannover was at least the best start into the 2nd half of the season you can imagine. It reminded me on Germany-Sweden and also Schalke-Leverkusen (7-4) a few years ago. Both defenses were poor without any doubt, every show was a goal. Have a look at Hannover's 5-4 (overhead kick from 17 m distance) and Schalke's 5-3, excellent onside call by Christian Dietz.
    Aytekin had a lot to do, issued 8 yellows which were without any exception right. Holtby's yellow card could also have been red, if someone remembers Germany's sending-off given by Norbert Hauata in Panama-Germany (u17 WC 2011) you know the kind of foul. A very rude foul also by Djourou, at first glance, who stopped a high pace counterattack close to AR2. Schalke's supporters demanded a red card due to the foul's intensity, but Aytekin was right with yellow, furthermore there was no contact, Farfán again simulated. Nonetheless, the challenge itself was very dangerous, so yellow was acceptable.
    Marks would be in UEFA scale, for my taste:
    Aytekin 8.4 or 8.5 (could have been more decisive in the first minutes, some smaller mistakes, the rest good)
    Dietz 8.7 (crucial onside calls before Schalke's 2-0, 3-2 and 5-3)
    Brand 8.3 (smaller mistakes like a wrong corner-kick, offside/onside good)

    1. http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xwvdn4_bundiesliga-schalke-04-vs-hannover-96-5-4_sport?search_algo=2#.UPpmRmfqnpY

  10. Yesterday in Turkey Cuneyt Cakir was the referee of Trabzonspor - Karabukspor. He was the victim of his talented assistant referee Bahattin Duran in first goal. It was very clear offside maybe 2 metres but he couldn't detect it.Also I am not sure about the penalty, but guess it was a penalty.
    You can watch it from below link:


    Ugur B.

    1. Yes, absolutely a concentration error.
      And concerning the penalty, it's a correct decision to my mind, as the hand clearly moved to the ball, therefore deliberate.


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