AFCON 2023: CAF appoints Senegalese Sy to take charge of Nigeria, Angola duel

Posted : 01 February 2024

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has appointed Senegalese official Issa Sy as the referee to take charge when Nigeria faces Angola in Friday's Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final encounter at the Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny in Abidjan.

Sy will be accompanied by compatriots Djibril Camara and Nouha Bangoura as assistant referee 1 and assistant referee 2, respectively, alongside Mauritanian official Abdel Aziz Bouh as the fourth official.

Modibo Samake from Mali will serve as the reserve assistant referee, while Ahmad Nazeer Hossen Bowud from Mauritius and Ali Mohamed Ahmed from Somalia will be in the roles of commissioner and referee assessor, respectively.

The match, which will commence at 5 pm Cote d'Ivoire time (6 pm Nigeria time), will be another rare occasion when Nigeria and Angola face off on the turf, with few clashes between both nations at the senior level over the years.

Nigeria edged Angola to reach the final round of the qualification series for the 1990 FIFA World Cup finals (2-2 in Luanda and 1-0 in Lagos), but the Angolans stepped on Nigeria to make their single appearance at the FIFA World Cup finals, winning 1-0 in Luanda and holding the Eagles 1-1 in Kano to win the head-to-head contest, which was the determining factor for the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification series.

Nigeria goalkeeper Stanley Nwabali is fit to start Friday's encounter, though Coach Jose Peseiro has indicated he may not want to risk the safe hands if he is not fit enough for the tie.

The winner of Friday's encounter will square up with the winner of the clash between Cape Verde's Blue Sharks and South Africa's Bafana Bafana in one of the semi-final matches at the Stade de la Paix in Bouake.


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