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EFA Protest AFCON Semi-Final Referee Selection

The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) has launched an official protest against the Confederation of African Football's (CAF) decision to appoint a certain referee for their semi-final clash against Cameroon on Thursday.

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The Pharaohs will be hoping to overcome the host nation on Thursday as they aim to win an eighth African Cup of Nations title.

CAF's refereeing appointment for the clash, however, has seemingly caused controversy, with Bakary Gassama set to take charge of the all-important last-four match.

EFA member Ehab El-Komy has since revealed that an official letter has been sent to CAF asking the federation to reconsider the appointment.

"Not only have we protested against Gassama's selection, but we also sent CAF a CD showing major refereeing mistakes in our game against Morocco," he said, according to KingFut.

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"There were more than 12 refereeing mistakes in the Morocco game, and Gassama has been a part of multiple unfortunate events involving both the Egyptian national team and Egyptian clubs. Gassama is not trustworthy, and the media should put pressure on CAF because of his selection.

"Victor Gomes or the Guatemalan referee who was mentioned earlier were more worthy of officiating this game. As the EFA, things of that sort worry us, especially after Eto'o earlier said that it's a war and with the leaks claiming that Salah tested positive for COVID-19.

"Thank God the official test results were negative, all the private labs refused to let us do swab tests. It's a football game between two great nations, we were hoping a football star like Eto'o would call for high morals, a football game could spread love and friendship."

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