AFCON 2023 Qualifiers: Sudanese referee Ismail to officiate Sierra Leone-Nigeria tie

AFCON Qualifiers: CAF makes changes to Nigeria-Guinea-Bissau schedule

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) have appointed Mahmood Ali Ismail as as the centre referee for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between Sierra Leone and Nigeria on Sunday.

The Sudanese official will be supported by his compatriot Mohammed Abdallah Ibrahim as the first assistant referee while Liban Abdourazak Ahmed from Djibouti will serve as the second assistant referee. Mohamed Diraneh Guedi, also from Djibouti will be the fourth official.

Bakary Jammeh from The Gambia will act as the commissioner of the game while Togolese Kokou Djaoupe will be the referee assessor.

Sunday’s game will take place at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Stadium in Monrovia, Liberia after CAF rejected Sierra Leone’s bid to host the Super Eagles at the newly-built Southern Arena in Bo City due to poor hospitality facilities in the city.

The Super Eagles sit second in Group A of the qualifiers and will book their spot in the finals in the Ivory Coast next January with a victory. The Leone Stars have to win as neutral hosts to keep their qualification hopes alive.

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