Football fans all over the continent are waiting for the 2022 African Champions League final, which will be a purely Arab match between Al-Ahly of Egypt and Al-Wadad of Morocco on May 30, in a repeat of the final version of the Black Princess in 2017.
The 2022 African Champions League final match was subjected to many crises; The first of these was the crisis of choosing the stadium that was finally determined by the Confederation of African Football, so that the meeting would be held at the Mohammed V complex stadium in Casablanca, Morocco.
And another crisis began to emerge in the last hours that followed the completion of the Champions League semi-final, which is the crisis of the 2022 African Champions League final referee, which we will learn about in the following lines.
Who is the referee of the 2022 African Champions League final?
The referee of the 2022 African Champions League final match between Al-Ahly and Wydad at the Mohammed V Stadium in Casablanca in Morocco has not yet been officially determined.
Initially, reports indicated that the Confederation of African Football’s choices to referee the final of the African Champions League were limited to two referees; They are the Zambian Gani Sikazwe and the Gambian Bakari Baba Gasama.
And the news didn’t stop there; There are many press reports, especially the Egyptian, that confirmed that the ruling of the final of the African Champions League 2022 will be heavy, a choice that carries a lot of criticism, especially from the Egyptian side.
A wave of angry reactions erupted after a number of Egyptian websites and newspapers confirmed the choice of the Gambian government, and there was no official response from the African Union or any other official body.
Hours ago, Moroccan newspapers confirmed that South African Victor Gomez is the referee who will manage the Al-Ahly and Wydad match in the 2022 African Champions League final, and the Egyptian newspaper Al-Watan went alone with the names of the arbitration staff as a whole.
What is the referee team for the 2022 African Champions League final?
According to what was reported in the Moroccan newspaper Al-Watan, Victor Gomez will be the referee of the 2022 African Champions League final, and the duo Zakhil Thousé Siwila and Soro Batson will assist him as referees, and the fourth referee is Sadiq Al-Salmi, and the video technology “VAR” referee will be Haitham Kirat, and Khalil Hassani and Dahan will assist him. Beda.
2022 CAF Champions League Final Referees
|Arena Referee||Victor Gomez||South Africa|
|Assistant Referee 1||Zakhil Thousie Siwila||South Africa|
|The second assistant referee||Soro Batswana||Lesotho|
|Fourth referee||Sadiq Al Salmi||Tunisia|
|Video referee “VAR”||Haitham Kirat||Tunisia|
|First Assistant Video Referee||Khalil Hassani||Tunisia|
|Second Assistant Video Referee||Dahan Beida||Mauritania|
|Match General Coordinator||Ibrahima Sangari||Financial|
What are the reactions to the referee of the final of the African Champions League 2022?
A wave of controversy erupted among the Egyptian public opinion in general and Al-Ahly, especially after the spread of reports confirming that Bakary Gassama would be the referee of the 2022 African Champions League final, especially since criticism of the match in Morocco has not subsided yet.
There was no official reaction from Al-Ahly and Wydad to the news of the appointment of Gassama or Sikazwe to manage the CAF Champions League final; But there is someone who spoke about the matter and criticized the Confederation of African Football, which is Faraj Amer, the former president of Smouha club.
Amer indicated, through his official account on “Twitter”, that the selection of the Gambian referee came “as a reward for his complicity in qualifying Cameroon at the expense of Algeria for the 2022 World Cup,” and also said, “It may be the last match for him in his career.”
What is the reason for the Egyptian masses’ hatred of Bakary Gassama?
Bakary Gassama’s history with the Egyptian national team and Al-Ahly club is not good; He was criticized for his decisions in the last match he directed for the Pharaohs, which brought them together with Cameroon in the semi-finals of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.
The match that ignited the flames of “hate” between the fans of the Red Castle for the Gambian referee was the match between Al-Ahly and Wydad in the 2017 African Champions League final, which was administered by the Gambian referee; It opened the door to a torrent of attack on him, both on and off the field.
Many saw at the time that Bakary Gassama gave the title to Wydad club, and the state of anger among the Al-Ahly club’s players reached the point where Imad Miteb, the team’s star, pointed out in front of the cameras that the referee had received a bribe to run the match for the benefit of the opposing team.
What is the date of the final of the African Champions League 2022?
Monday, May 30, 2022, has been set as the date for the final of the African Champions League in its current version; However, the official timing of the match has not yet been determined.
Previously, the Champions League Final was played over two home and away matches; But the Confederation of African Football decided to change the tournament system, and the final became a single match.
|the match||The appointment||carrier channels||stadium|
|Al-Ahly – Wydad||Monday 30 May 2022||beIN SPORTS HD||Mohammed V Complex|
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