Football fans across the continent are waiting for the 2022 CAF Champions League final, which will be purely Arab combining Al-Ahly and Wydad in a replay of the Black Princess final in 2017.
The 2022 CAF Champions League final was hit by a number of crises, the first of which was the crisis of choosing the stadium that was finally determined by the Confederation of African Football, for the meeting to be held at the Mohammed V complex in Casablanca.
Another crisis that began to emerge in the last few hours after the completion of the Champions League semi-final 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 for the final match of the African Champions League 2022 has not yet been officially determined, which will bring together Al-Ahly and Wydad in the Mohammed V complex in the Moroccan capital, Casablanca, as we mentioned.
However, reports indicate that the Confederation of African Football’s choices for the final referee of the African Champions League are limited to two referees, Zambian Jani Sikazwe and Gambian Bakari Gassama.
The news did not stop there, as there are many press reports, especially Egyptian, that confirmed that the ruling of the 2022 African Champions League final will be heavy, a choice that carries a lot of criticism, especially for the Egyptian side.
What are the reactions to the referee of the final of the African Champions League 2022?
A wave of controversy in the Egyptian public opinion in general and Al-Ahly in particular erupted after the spread of reports confirming that Bakary Gassama will be the referee of the final of the African Champions League 2022, 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 Sikaze to manage the final of the African Champions League, but there were those 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 choosing the Gambian referee came as a reward for his complicity in qualifying Cameroon at the expense of Algeria for the 2022 World Cup, and said that it might be his last match in his career.
What is the reason for the hatred of the Egyptian masses for Bakari Gassama?
Bakary Gassama’s history with the Egyptian national team and Al-Ahly club is not good. In the last match he managed for the Pharaohs, which brought together Egypt and Cameroon in the 2021 African Cup of Nations, he was criticized for his decisions.
The match that ignited the flames of hatred among the fans of the Red Fort for Gassama was the match between Al-Ahly and Wydad in the 2017 CAF Champions League final, which opened the door to a wave of attacks on the Gambian referee, both on and off the field.
Many thought 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 star of the team at the time, indicated in front of the cameras that the referee had received a bribe to run the match.
What is the date of the 2022 African Champions League final?
The final date of the African Champions League in its current version is set for Monday, May 30, 2022; However, the official timing of the match has not yet been determined.
Previously, the Champions League final was played in 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||The compound of Mohammed V|
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