January 13, 2017

AFCON 2017 - Referee Appointments for Matchday 1

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has defined the first eight officiating teams who will oversee the first group stage matchday of this year's Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) kicked off in Gabon's Libreville tomorrow evening. Olympic Games 2016 referee Ghead Grisha of Egypt has been chosen to take charge of the opening game between Gabon and Guinea-Bissau, with Sidi Alioum from Cameroon taking control over a real top clash featuring Tunisia and Senegal.

M1, Group A
14/01/2017, 17:00 CET, Libreville
Gabon – Guinea Bissau
Referee: GRISHA Ghead (Egypt)
Assistant Referee 1: ACHIK Redouane (Morocco)
Assistant Referee 2: AHMED ALI Waleed (Sudan)
4th Official: LEMGHAIFRY Ali (Mauretania)

M2, Group A
14/01/2017, 20:00 CET, Libreville
Burkina Faso – Cameroon
Referee: SIKAZWE Janny (Zambia)
Assistant Referee 1: DOS SANTOS Jerson Emiliano (Angola)
Assistant Referee 2: RANGE Aden Marwa (Kenya)
4th Official: JIYED Redouane (Morocco)

M3, Group B
15/01/2017, 17:00 CET, Franceville
Algeria – Zimbabwe
Referee: TESSEMA WESEYA Bamlak (Ethiopia)
Assistant Referee 1: BIRUMUSHAHU Jean-Claude (Burundi)
Assistant Referee 2: DOUMBOUYA Aboubacar (Guinea)
4th Official: DEMBELE Denis (Côte d'Ivoire)

M4, Group B
15/01/2017, 20:00 CET, Franceville
Tunisia Senegal
Referee: ALIOUM Alioum (Cameroon)
Assistant Referee 1: MENKOUANDE Evarist (Cameroon)
Assistant Referee 2: NOUPUE Elvis Guy (Cameroon)
4th Official: KEITA Mahamadou (Mali)

M5, Group C
16/01/2017, 17:00 CET, Oyem
Côte d'Ivoire – Togo
Referee: OTOGO-CASTANE Eric Arnaud (Gabon)
Assistant Referee 1: VINGA Théophile (Gabon)
Assistant Referee 2: ABO EL SADAT BEDYER Tahssen (Egypt)
4th Official: ESSRAYRI Youssef (Tunisia)

M6, Group C
16/01/2017, 20:00 CET, Oyem
DR Congo – Morocco
Referee: NAMPIANDRAZA Hamada el Moussa (Madagascar)
Assistant Referee 1: MARENGULA Arsénio (Mozambique)
Assistant Referee 2: MAHAMADOU Yahaya (Niger)
4th Official: GASSAMA Bakary Papa (Gambia)

M7, Group D
17/01/2017, 17:00 CET, Port-Gentil
Ghana – Uganda
Referee: BONDO Joshua (Botsuana)
Assistant Referee 1: ETCHIALI Abdelhak (Algeria)
Assistant Referee 2: KABENE Olivier Safari (DR Congo)
4th Official: CHAREF Mehdi Abid (Algeria)

M7, Group D
17/01/2017, 20:00 CET, Port-Gentil
Mali – Egypt
Referee: BENNETT Daniel (South Africa)
Assistant Referee 1: SIWELA Zakhele Thusi (South Africa)
Assistant Referee 2: TAN Marius Donatien (Côte d'Ivoire)
4th Official: CAMILLE Bernard (Seychelles)

> AFCON 2017 Referees


  1. Off topic but I am absolutely amazed that a goalkeeper can save a back pass from a team mate on the goal line and stop a clear goal and the only thing that will happen is an indirect free kick. No yellow or red card. Extremely weird that FIFA hasn't changed the rule.

    Example in the video. Had the goalkeeper reached and saved the ball with his arm he would only be punished with an indirect free kick.
    1:12:55 youtube.com/watch?list=LLNL3xf0PCgThSjH8gzIFksg&v=sLlQXgKmNLE

    1. From what the DFB was told by the IFAB, this is going to be discussed and very likely revised. From 2017/18 on, DOGSO and penalty are planned (same goes for a throw-in to the own goalkeeper).

    2. That's nice to hear

    3. I prefer the rule as it is: The sense of the backpass rule is to prevent timewasting and not to forbid the goalkeeper to prevent own goals.
      Therefore I think a direct free kick in a dangerous position is enough punishment and the goalkeeper should be allowed in situations like in the video to use his hands semi-legally.
      Of course, that doesn't fit to the general DOGSO rule, but in my opinion it is a justified exception. Or do I miss other arguments for a change?

    4. Yes because anytime you can just shoot the ball to your own goalkeeper if you want to anyway. The fact that if you make a bad pass and he can save a goal should not just be an indirect free kick (not direct free kick as you wrote). Indirect freekicks on the goal area line are not easy to score at all and by saving a goal he should get a red card.

      And also not only that. If a goalkeeper drops the ball he is not allowed to pick it up again as we all know. But if an attacker runs at full speed to steal the ball and the goalkeeper picks it up again to prevent the attacker from scoring it will also only be an indirect free kick if it happens in the penalty area. To mes that's just super strange and goes against all rules in football. The goal keeper knows the rules and shoudl get punished for intentionally saving a goal in those 2 cases for me.

    5. Yes, of course indirect free kick on the goal area line, sorry...
      I guess, at least 20-30% of those are converted, so I still don't think a team would risk that deliberately.
      And in my opinion for your second case counts the same.
      But I can understand your point as well, so it would be nice to read opinions of other people as well.

    6. Ah come on - let's get rid of IFKs completely, at that point. This is a technical offense, and technical offenses warrant IFKs. If this warrants a PK, then the offense is treated on par with a player handling the ball - surely that's illogical?

    7. Stay patient a bit, I am going to open an article on that later today where we can discuss it further. Would be nice to hear further views then later, too.

  2. Predictions for MD2..

    M9 Gabon – Burkina Faso (A)
    Referee: JIYED Redouane (MOR)
    Assistant Referee 1: HMILA Anouar (TUN)
    Assistant Referee 2: NOUPUE Elvis (CMR)

    M10 Cameroon – Guinea-Bissau (A)
    Referee: CAMILLE Bernard (SEY)
    Assistant Referee 1: BIRUMUSHAHU Jean-Claude (BDI)
    Assistant Referee 2: BABA Abel (NGA)

    M11 Algeria – Tunisia (B)
    Referee: GASSAMA Bakary (GAM)
    Assistant Referee 1: RANGE Aden (KEN)
    Assistant Referee 2: MARENGULA Arsenio (MOZ)

    M12 Senegal – Zimbabwe (B)
    Referee: DEMBELE Denis (CIV)
    Assistant Referee 1: ACHIK Redouane (MOR)
    Assistant Referee 2: AHMED ALI Waleed (SUD)

    M13 Ivory Coast – DR Congo (C)
    Referee: DIEDHIOU Malang (SEN)
    Assistant Referee 1: CAMARA Djibril (SEN)
    Assistant Referee 2: SAMBA El Hadji (SEN)

    M14 Morocco – Togo (C)
    Referee: KEITA Mahamadou (MLI)
    Assistant Referee 1: ABO EL SADAT Tahssen (EGY)
    Assistant Referee 2: IBRAHIM Abdallah (SUD)

    M15 Ghana – Mali (D)
    Referee: CHAREF Mehdi (ALG)
    Assistant Referee 1: MENKOUANDE Evarist (CMR)
    Assistant Referee 2: ETCHIALI Abdelhak (ALG)

    M16 Egypt – Uganda (D)
    Referee: LEMGHAIFRY Ali (MTN)
    Assistant Referee 1: MAHAMADOU Yahaya (NIG)
    Assistant Referee 2: VINGA Theophile (GAB)

    1. Mine are:
      Gabon – Burkina Faso: Dembele (CIV), Baba (NGA), Ibrahim (SUD)
      Cameroon – Guinea-Bissau: Diedhiou, Camara, Samba (all SEN)
      Algeria – Tunisia: Gassama (GAM), dos Santos (ANG), Range (KEN)
      Senegal - Zimbabwe: Lemgahifry (MTN), Mahamadou (NIG), El Sadat (EGY)
      Ivory Coast – DR Congo: Essrayri, Hmila (both TUN), Menkouande (CMR)
      Morocco – Togo: Keita (MLI), Siwela (RSA), Doumbouya (GUI)
      Ghana – Mali: Charef (ALG), Camara (SEN), Birumushashu (BDI)
      Egypt – Uganda: Camille (SEY), Samba (SEN), Marengula (MOZ)

    2. I think Elvis Noupue should not be appointed for a game in Group A.

    3. Right, swapping him with Ibrahim (SUD) then.

    4. My predictions:

      M9 Gabon – Burkina Faso (A)
      Referee: Y.ESSRAYRI (TUN)
      Assistant Referee 1: A.HMILA (TUN)
      Assistant Referee 2: M.IBRAHIM (SDN)

      M10 Cameroon – Guinea-Bissau (A)
      Referee: M.KEITA (MLI)
      Assistant Referee 1: A.BABA (NGA)
      Assistant Referee 2: J.-C. BIRUMUSHAHU (BDI)

      M11 Algeria – Tunisia (B)
      Referee: B.CAMILLE (SEY)
      Assistant Referee 1: T.VINGA (GAB)
      Assistant Referee 2: M.RANGE (KEN)

      M12 Senegal – Zimbabwe (B)
      Referee: A.LEMGHAIFRY (MTN)
      Assistant Referee 1: T.EL SADAT (EGY)
      Assistant Referee 2: R.ACHIK (MAR)

      M13 Ivory Coast – DR Congo (C)
      Referee: M.DIEDHIOU (SEN)
      Assistant Referee 1: D.CAMARA (SEN)
      Assistant Referee 2: E.SAMBA (SEN)

      M14 Morocco – Togo (C)
      Referee: M.CHAREF (ALG)
      Assistant Referee 1: A.ETCHIALI (ALG)
      Assistant Referee 2: E.MENKOUANDE (CMR)

      M15 Ghana – Mali (D)
      Referee: B.GASSAMA (GAM)
      Assistant Referee 1: A.AHMED (SDN)
      Assistant Referee 2: Y.MAHAMADOU (NIG)

      M16 Egypt – Uganda (D)
      Referee: D.DEMBELE (CIV)
      Assistant Referee 1: A.MARENGUELA (MOZ)
      Assistant Referee 2: J.DOS SANTOS (ANG)

      Remark: I think it should be Bamlak Tessema WEYESA - you wrote B.T. WESEYA. Never mind, there are some names that are very difficult to spell... ;)

  3. I watched only the first half of Gabon - Guinea Bissau. No major issues for Grisha. I noticed a good cooperation by both assistant referees, reporting fouls. However, I don't know what happened later in second half.
    Regarding Burkina Faso - Cameroon, quite challenging start for AR1 Jerson Dos Santos, at first disallowing a goal scored by Burkina Faso and then a few minutes later signaling another offside before a possible penalty for Burkina. Both correct decisions, the first was a quite clear offside, the second more difficult to see. Well done.

    1. In the Second Half I can report an okay Sikazwe, quite strict foul selection. Body language and signals didn't quite reach their targets, not totally convincing and problems with detecting fouls by elbow / hand in the face. ARs good

  4. Most important incidents from Gabon - Guinea-Bissau:

    At least three mandatory yellow cards missed for reckless stamps (41', 79', 89'). Two others were possible: 40' (handball SPA), 45' (reckless tackle). The yellow card issued in the 76th minute was very delayed, advice from 4OF or AR1 had to be the case there. No key match incidents apart from the poorly visible situation in the 42nd minute. Jarishah was way too static through the whole game. 8,1 from me.

    1. Thanks a lot. Some stunning yellow-card-misses... is it possible that you share videos for further AFCON games? As it seems, not even 1 match is broadcasted in Germany this year (Nordic combined seems to be preferred by the audience).

    2. Sure, I will cover every game that will be available for download.

    3. Of course, with some delay. The tournament is not broadcasted in Poland, too... So, I have to download a game at first, watch it and make clips.

    4. Thank you, take your time.
      Right now I think soft but supportable penalty call in favor of Zimbabwe.

    5. 60': key incident. Penalty for Algeria? And a few seconds later, correct decision to stop the game when Zimbabwe's keeper was already standing up by himself (no injury) and Algeria was in possession of the ball?

  5. Manchester vs Liverpool. Amazingly many yellow/red cards missed and a clear offside. Both Rooney and Pogba could easily have had straight red cards. They got nothing. Assistant referee about 5 meters ahead of the offside line and missed a clear offside on Manchester's goal.

    1. The offside which led to a goal 10 seconds later:

    2. Really disastrous positioning...

      By the way, it's the post about AFCON 2017. The discussion about domestic leagues is one post below. :)

  6. BURKINA FASO - CAMEROON (Janny Sikazwe - Zambia)

    Key Match Incidents:
    06' - rightly disallowed goal due to offside (AR1)
    10' - rightly flagged offside offence prior to a possible penalty award (AR1)
    13' - what was more advantagous - possible penalty for shirt-pulling or play-on
    26' - BFA's penalty-appeal
    39' - CMR's penalty-appeal
    45+1' - judging a BFA goalkeeper's intervention
    74' - right interpretation of offside by AR2 at the equaliser
    88' - great spot by the referee with regard to where the foul occured

    - I can only agree with Mikael regarding 'problems with detecting fouls by elbow / hand in the face'. Videos: 08, 47, 49, 56, 68.
    - Strange that there was no signal from AR1 with regard to a foul whistled by the referee (16')
    - Very good anticipation and prevention in the 32nd minute. Sikazwe prevented a riot.

    8,2-8,3 level performance if we assess the situations from 13', 26', 39', 45+1' as at least acceptable calls.

    1. Bonus:

    2. Good start by AR1.
      13': I think penalty could have been whistled, however attacker continued his action, it was more difficult for the referee to stop the play and whistle, after that there was a good chance to score, so I would back the referee, given the difficulty of the situation. In addition, it looked like the player from attacking team didn't protest so much against the referee. That shouldn't be taken into account, but at the same time it could mean that the shirt pulling had not a so much significant effect, despite of the subsequent fall by the same player.
      26': Not enough for a penalty, agree with referee.
      39': In this case, penalty. Stupid action by #4 from defending team. Clear foul.
      45'+1: More than risky challenge by keeper, one could say reckless even though the ball was clearly hit at first, but for this reason in my opinion referee could be backed by observer. Not a crucial mistake in any case.
      74': Excellent ONSIDE, player was exactly on level with the second last defender, AR2 must be praised.
      88': Spot on by referee, outside the box.
      Bonus: Excellent :D
      Well, for me the only clear mistake is at 39', Cameroon had to get a penalty there. Your opinions?

    3. I agree with almost everything. Regarding 39', I think one could back the referee also in this case. Janny Sikazwe could not have been sure that the small wrestling-like move caused the fall of attacker. In my opinion, it does not. The attacker clearly leant on the defender. I would give the referee the benefit of the doubt here. Then, the stamp was really hurtful but did Sikazwe have a chance to spot it? To sum it up: allowing play after that slight pull is no clear mistake and missing the stamp is a mistake but very difficult to avoid.

    4. Bonus: that is clearly serious foul play ;)

  7. ALGERIA - ZIMBABWE (Bamlak Tessema Weyesa - Ethiopia)

    Key Match Incidents:
    28' - ZIM's penalty kick; good call
    40' - ALG's free kick; difficult to say where the foul occurred - after freezing a frame, it seems to occur exactly on the line, but I would back the referee here
    52' - good no-penalty call
    56' - #7 ZIM commits a foul that is very similar to that he was booked for in the 37th minute; nonetheless, in this case, the ball was slightly played by #7 ZIM and Algerian player was not so interested in continuing his action (ball was strongly kicked toward the goal line); OK call
    60' - ALG's penalty-appeal and no-penalty call; the most interesting situation so far at this tournament; I would say it was a great reading of play by the referee, typical collision, no-one was able to avoid this contact; in my opinion, stopping the game afterwards, when Algerian team were in possession of the ball and had a chance to score, was a good move - the ZIM goalkeeper got hurt and no-one would like to see a result being affected by goal scored in such circumstances; the fact the GK picked himself up and was trying to make us believe that he is OK (he was not), doesn't make this decision wrong, IMO
    87' - possible violent conduct of #14 ZIM; he jumps in order to create a very reckless contact with an opponent's foot; at least YC, but most likely a RC for VC should have been issued

    Other issues:
    - acceptable kick-off?
    - should the referee take any action against ALG players after two consecutive fouls on ZIM goalkeeper (04', 05')?
    - potential missed YCs: 07' (illegal use of arms) and 08' (reckless tackle)
    - did the defender block his opponent from getting to the ball, was the free kick a good call, should the referee book the ZIM player in case of a whistle? (42')
    - missed handball and potential YC (51')
    - dangerous play, really? (56')
    - right to judge tackles as fair?: 80', 88'

    In my opinion, the referee deserves an 8,3 mark. However, if we asssess him a crucial mistake for missed violent conduct in the 87th minute, it would be a 7.9.

    What are your thoughts on those incidents?

    1. 28': replay shows that the contact was less significant than the "live" perception, but, as said yesterday, this decision is absolutely supportable
      40': it seems that the decisive contact occurs on the line, but more than difficult for the referee, one must back him, however I think it was penalty
      52': No penalty, good call, fair challenge by defender
      56': agree with your analysis, for me no YC is an acceptable decision for the reasons you mentioned, however, at the same time, I would have accepted it
      60': Again, I agree with you. At least, there isn't a clear foul from one side, the collision seems to be unavoidable, PLAY ON is the best solution there, but what happens later is not well managed by referee, he had to stop immediately the play after the collision, considering that keeper was on the ground, this small hesitation led to the complaints by Algeria, in possession of the ball. In case of immediate whistle the whole management would have been excellent!
      87': there is surely a certain malice by player from ZIM in jumping for causing contact with the opponent, this could be enough for a RC for VC, but more realistically I think YC should have been issued. I wouldn't consider this as crucial mistake, even because quite difficult to be detected. AR2 perhaps could have helped referee.

  8. Thank you so much! I have a look into the videos later and give my views.
    One question, don't know whether it suits your plans or structure or not: Is it possible that you include sth on the offence or type of situation in the video titles? (e.g. SPA, DOGSO, Stud-Tackle ...)
    This could help identifying helpful videos for educative posts. If it is not possible, no problem!

  9. Watching CIV - TOG, I must say Otogo-Castane is a very particular referee with an unique style. His gestures and mimic are really amazing. For some aspects, he could be compared to Mateu Lahoz, regarding the way of dealing with players.

  10. TUNISIA - SENEGAL (Sidi Alioum - Cameroon)

    Key Match Incidents:
    01' - AR1 signals a deliberate handball of TUN attacker who would be in a goal scoring opportunity; good call, unnatural hand position
    09' - SEN's penalty kick; after watching replays, I would say it was a dive by SEN attacker (he trails his leg and falls down before any contact occurred); very difficult to spot, I don't know whether it should be assessed as crucial mistake
    15' - No-penalty call; there is a holding in the TUN box but the fall is not caused by that, good call
    19' - No-penalty call; again the fall (this time in the SEN box) was not caused by slight contact, good call
    45' - Potential 2nd YC to #3 SEN who was already booked in the 41st minute; good call, no clear SPA, more careless than reckless tackle
    60' - TUN players suggest that the ball crossed the goalline, it did not; good call by AR2 and the referee
    80' - TUN's penalty-appeal waived away by the referee; there is a slight holding but most likely not enough for a penalty; at least not a clear mistake to let it go in my eyes
    90' - TUN's goal disallowed due to offside flagged by AR2; very difficult to judge but it seems onside to me; anybody able to draw the line in a specialistic programme?

    Other issues:
    - The biggest one: lacking charisma in 29' and 52'; the referee is not able to solve handling in the box at set pieces in a sufficient way - just imagine the game being really demanding one including riots, would he be able to handle it?
    - Good prevention of time-wasting of SEN GK (39')
    - Very good help from AR1 (42')
    - Detecting a simulation: 09', 15', 19' - penalty incidents, 40', 62'
    - Potential SPAs not booked: lenient line in 06', 31', 33', 45', 48', 90+1'
    - Studs-tackles: 35' (missed), 36' (booked)
    - Unsporting behaviour, kick from behind not booked only due to player's reaction: 90+2' (1)
    - Missed dangerous play? 90+2' (2)

    8,2-8,3 performance if we back the referee in 09' and 80'. Do we?
    Possible 7.9 to AR2 but we need a line drawn in specialistic programme.

    1. Thank you, perhaps tomorrow I will answer on the rest, but for now:
      9': it is indeed a simulation, the player starts to fall when there is not still any contact with opponent, but from referee's position definitely impossible to be detected, live I had the perception of a penalty, I would have called it like Alioum did. So, on the paper crucial mistake, but in fact referee has all the reasons. I think even difficult for AR2 to say something there.
      80': referee can be backed, in my opinion the effect of the holding is not significant, player falling made it more than it really was.

  11. IVORY COAST - TOGO (Eric Arnaud Otogo Castane - Gabon)

    Key Match Incidents:
    10' - penalty incident and play-on call; the attacker doesn't protest but watching two last replays we see there was a foul of defender and penalty could or maybe even should have been awarded; another question is DOGSO - was it a genuine attempt to play the ball by the defender (YC) or not (RC); my call would be a penalty kick and RC for DOGSO
    29' - good no-penalty call, was the 'no foul' gesture needed?
    43' - foul on the GK or penalty kick?; there are three holding offences, although not excessive ones and an illegal attack on goalkeeper's hands - the referee whistles the latest offence; I believe he should be backed
    45+2' - #18 CIV handles the ball in his own box, the referee opts for play on; the ball is fully expected, the player was able to avoid this contact, the only reason for no penalty is that the ball bounced from his body before hitting the hand
    79' - good free kick decision, the alleged offence (impeding the progress of an opponent (FK vs IDFK) or simulation?) occurred outside the box
    90' - good no-penalty call, no deliberate handball

    Other issues:
    - the referee has a natural authority, charisma; players widely accepted his decisions through the whole game
    - the referee was stopping the game for every slightest infringement, should be avoided
    - kick-off procedure: was the referee sure the players are ready for whistle (01', 46')?
    - unique management of defensive wall (30', 80')
    - missed mandatory YC to #18 CIV for reckless kick in the face (52')
    - studs-tackle (45+1')
    - potential SPAs (61', 80')
    - dubious offside calls (13', 75')

    I give him an 8.3 overall but the mark will most likely suffer from 10' and 45+2' incidents. What do you think?

    Niclas, waiting also for your opinions regarding the most important incidents from this and previous games! :)

    1. Will do so by tomorrow :)

    2. I hold you to it!

    3. 10': I agree, penalty should have been whistled, replay shows a clear contact, however the most significant issue there is for me about RC / YC. This is the most difficult kind of foul to assess after the changes in LotG: tackles from behind. We have two arguments: 1) one can see that defender went for the ball which was not so much far away, even though the attempt from behind was really dangerous, in a way perhaps he could have reached it; 2) no chance to reach the ball because the tackle results in a very reckless challenge for the opponent. I'm more in favor of the first option in the cases in which there isn't a rough foul. But I think one can accept both decisions, because the concept of "attempt to play the ball" can produce different views.
      29': correct decision, as I wrote here during the game, he tends to make such gestures even though when not really needed.
      43': Agree with you, for me the holding is not enough for whistling a penalty, reasonable decision to whistle the offence against keeper, even though quite impeded by an opponent, #4 TOG makes a delibate action to disturb the keeper in possession of the ball.
      45'+2: ball is expected, however the arm is quite close to body, for me a supportable call, I don't see malice from defender, but it is matter of interpretation...
      79': correct decision to whistle free kick, the foul occurred in my opinion outside the box, I would also back the referee for having whistled a direct free kick, it is quite rare to see an indirect free kick, but according to LotG you are right, when a player impedes the opponent, and the contact is mostly caused by the fouled player (without any fault, of course), we should assign an IFK, at any rate in this case no simulation I think.
      90': not a deliberate handball, correct decision.

  12. DR CONGO - MOROCCO (Hamada el Moussa Nampiandraza - Madagascar)

    Key Match Incidents:
    07', 17', 23', 40' - minor MAR's penalty appeals respectively for pulling, holding, pushing and holding), all rejected by the referee; I would back him in all four cases
    48' - well played advantage and YC for studs-tackle; still reckless or SFP?
    74', 81' - two YCs to #13 COD - first for time-wasting, second for very reckless studs-up-tackle (possible RC for SFP?)

    Other issues:
    - very firm, calm and unobtrusive referee who is able to handle bigger games; good management in some situations
    - good management: 18' (verbal warning for a foul while ball away), 53' (good anticipation and prevention), 66' (efficient wall management)
    - good detection of dangerous play (16', 64')
    - two points for consideration: 15' - was it really a foul?, 64' - was it a foul taking into account previous penalty shouts being rejected?
    - offside call (88') and (90+3' - should have been a whistle in this case?)

    The strongest performance so far, in my opinion. The referee was firm, had needed personality/charisma to cope with players. Well done!

    1. 7' - 17' - 23' - 40' I agree with your opinions, referee can be backed. Only one small doubt about the situation at 23', I would have liked a closer replay, this is surely the most significant incident.
      48': good management with advantage, however given the point of impact and the studs up, it is more RC than YC, but it was difficult for the referee to have the exact perception of this incident, so I would not blame him so much... on the paper, however, for me RC
      74' - 81' I want to underline the acceptance of the player in the case of the first YC, very well done. In occasion of the second YC, I think referee forgot that player was already booked, you can see him waiting for a while before showing the red. The foul itself can be assessed as SFP, in my opinion, however the fact that the opponent was not totally hit can be a small reason in favor of YC. But for me RC.
      Given the overall context however, and reading your words, the committee shouldn't penalize too much the referee for that. Some fouls are very difficult to read.

  13. M9, Group A
    18/01/2017, 17:00 CET, Libreville
    Gabon - Burkina Faso
    Referee: GASSAMA Bakary Papa (Gambia)
    Assistant Referee 1: BIRUMUSHAHU Jean-Claude (Burundi)
    Assistant Referee 2: ABO EL SADAT BEDYER Tahssen (Egypt)
    4th Official:

    M10, Group A
    18/01/2017, 20:00 CET, Libreville
    Cameroon - Guinea-Bissau
    Referee: ESSRAYRI Youssef (Tunisia)
    Assistant Referee 1: HMILA Anouar (Tunisia)
    Assistant Referee 2: MAHAMADOU Yahaya (Niger)
    4th Official:

    1. M11, Group B
      19/01/2017, 17:00 CET, Franceville
      Algeria - Tunisia
      Referee: CAMILLE Bernard (Seychelles)
      Assistant Referee 1: BABA Abel (Nigeria)
      Assistant Referee 2: IBRAHIM Mohammed Abdallah (Sudan)
      4th Official:

      M12, Group B
      19/01/2017, 20:00 CET, Franceville
      Senegal - Zimbabwe
      Referee: JIYED Rédouane (Morocco)
      Assistant Referee 1: ACHIK Rédouane (Morocco)
      Assistant Referee 2: AHMED ALI Waleed (Sudan)
      4th Official:

      M13, Group C
      20/01/2017, 17:00 CET, Oyem
      Ivory Coast - DR Congo
      Referee: SIKAZWE Janny (Zambia)
      Assistant Referee 1: DOS SANTOS Jerson Emiliano (Angola)
      Assistant Referee 2: RANGE Aden Marwa (Kenya)
      4th Official:

      M14, Group C
      20/01/2017, 20:00 CET, Oyem
      Morocco - Togo
      Referee: KEITA Mahamadou (Mali)
      Assistant Referee 1: MENKOUANDE Evarist (Cameroon)
      Assistant Referee 2: DOUMBOUYA Aboubacar (Guinea)
      4th Official:

  14. GHANA - UGANDA (Joshua Bondo - Botswana)

    Key Match Incidents:
    31' - GHA's penalty kick; unfortunately, we have no clear view needed to judge whether it was DOGSO or not; however, we can pose a question: was it a foul or simulation?
    67' - UGA's penalty-appeal waived away by the referee; small push, surely not enough for a penalty, correct play-on call
    88' - UGA's penalty-appeal waived away by the referee; alleged handball, surely not deliberate, correct play-on call

    Other issues:
    - a really easy game for the referee, he appeared firm and alert but nothing more can be added, good advantage use
    - I made two compilations: one regarding Uganda tactics to foul opponents while no chance to play the ball, one regarding assistant referees' calls

    1. Thanks a lot. My views:

      9: no card, good presence, 10: correct, 10: maybe warning needed, 60: acceptable, even though soft descend, 66: YC possible, maybe necessary, a foul would be a good start. lack of determination in the referee’s body language

      31: difficult to assess whether he would have reached the ball before the goalkeeper without the live video, at any rate correct penalty (holding is enough and effective for me) and theatrical body language by the referee

      46: the stud contact itself demands a YC, however in this situation I see arguments to deem it as careless only (offender actually could not expect that the opponent’s foot go there)

      63: missing hand signal for idfk (there was no contact I believe). no YC correct, intervention OK as well

      67: not enough for me

      88: unexpected ball, tries to out hand away…

      ARs: 16: nice onside, 48: very tight due to the defender’s leg, but correct and important decision, 54: extremely tight offside for my taste, centimetres. But flag down would be maybe recommended in doubt, 59: expected onside, ball then did not fully cross the line (mistake without effect), 90: most likely onside/level

      So overall I think AR2 was challenged most based on your collection, Bondo's style appears firm in some clips, a bit passive and theatrical in others.

    2. 31': I disagree with Niclas, watched and rewatched the incident, I don't see a significant holding / contact in order to fall down, for me it was more simulation than penalty, perhaps referee will be backed but for me a more than soft call, I would have liked play on.
      67': Not enough for a penalty, correct decision to play on.
      88': correct decision.

  15. MALI - EGYPT (Daniel Frazer Bennett - South Africa)

    Key Match Incidents:
    06' - MLI's penalty-appeal waved away; at first it seemed as the referee has made the right decision, the fall seemed a bit theatrical, but after watching replays, I have my doubts; crucial mistake? rather not
    67' - #10 EGY is yellow-carded for reckless studs-tackle; replays show that it was more SFP than just reckless challenge; crucial mistake? rather yes

    Other issues:
    - the referee had no problems to control the game, his style is 'European', players were fair in overall and didn't protest much, the game itself was not so demanding to be fair
    - another studs-tackle ended up in only verbal warning; mandatory YC missed? (09')
    - three handball situations: 01' - was it really deliberate?, 88' - YC for try to score with hand (was it a 'normal' deliberate handball or in fact a shot on goal/trying to deceive the referee), 90+2' - no YC for deliberate handball (SPA?)
    - very good advantage (04')

    Well, studs-tackle are the hot topic at this tournament...

    1. 1': handball can be whistled, given the position of the arm, however for me it would be better to play on.
      4': yes, good advantage
      6': the difficulty of this assessment is also given by the fact that it was a quick action and referee was quite far away from the incident, I think that #2 EGY in a way impeded the action of the opponent, but the important thing to understand, in my opinion, is how much player from Mali looked for the contact. If we think that his behavior was fair, it should be a penalty, however, as you also said, there are some doubts, it is possible that there was a certain intention of falling theatrically, so I would back the referee without assigning a crucial mistake. In addition, in the last replay you can see AR2 immediately looking at referee after the contact, perhaps he had doubts as well.
      9': mandatory YC, in this case we can be sure of the YC (no RC), given the point of impact (not so much high).
      46': player from Mali was in opponents half, then kick off was not regular.
      57' - 59': no need of YC in both cases.
      67': clear SFP, the only argument for a possible YC is the force, not excessive, but this is however not enough to deem the challenge to be only reckless, so crucial mistake, given the point of impact.
      85': perhaps tight offside, but given the position of camera, I'm not 100% sure
      88': well, this is surely an interesting situation, I think that Bennett gave YC considering it an attempt to score, but one can have doubts, very likely referee took this decision, given the proximity of the net, but we can't be sure that player had in mind to score with that touch... however, decision can be backed I think.
      90'+1: an OK decision, given also the speed of the fouled player, it was a promising attack.
      90'+2: I can't be sure of the fact that without handball the ball would have reached the teammate, so the promising attack is possible, but not clear, I would back the referee also in this case.

      So, the only clear mistake is in my opinion missed RC at 67'. Without that, considering also the other situations, one idea for the final mark could be 7.9 (8.3) including the missed YC and the other situations.

    2. 06' I agree with the decision. The fall seems theatrical. I would not give such a "penalty".

      67' One can argue that there is no significant force on the tackle to make it SFP. However, IMO, since the EGY player uses studs in extend, he completely ignores the safety of his opponent. I think such cases should be punished with RC.

    3. Nobody discusses the placement of the spray? http://oi64.tinypic.com/2ldw1mt.jpg

    4. Typical Premier League-like. And English Premier League is widely watched in South Africa. :)


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