CAF replaces the 2019 AFCON final's referee

Mahmoud Sheleib, Thursday 18 Jul 2019,
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Algeria v Senegal
Algeria v Senegal (Photo: REUTERS)

The Confederation of African Football (CAF), announced on Thursday the replacing of the referee of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations final, scheduled for Friday between Algeria and Senegal.

CAF assigned the Cameroonian Sidi Alioum instead of South Africa's Victor Gomez without giving any reasons, after the African confederation announced on Tuesday that Gomez will arbitrate the game.

The Cameroonian referee Alioum moderated three matches in the biennial tournament, including the opener game between Egypt and Zimbabwe, then the group stage match between Morocco and Cote d'Ivoire, and then the quarter final game between Tunisia and Madagascar.

The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations final will be held at the Cairo International Stadium on Friday between Algeria and Senegal, with the presence of FIFA's chief Gianni Infantino.

Algeria reached the final after achieving a dramatic 2-1 victory against Nigeria in the semi-final. While Senegal booked their seat in the final by defeating Tunisia 1-0.

The two teams have met each other in the group stage of the same tournament and the counterpart ended with Alegria's 1-0 victory.

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