Register Login Scores

AFCON 2019

Caf Ref Chairman Explains Gomes Afcon Final Snub

South African referee Victor Gomes was initially announced as the match official for the final of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, but he was later snubbed in favour of Alioum Alioum, and an explanation has now been given as to why the change was made.

Read: Official: CAF Announce Qualification Groups For AFCON 2021

On Wednesday, Caf confirmed, via their Twitter account, that South African referee Gomes would take charge of the Afcon final between Algeria and Senegal. 

However, the governing body for football in Africa seemingly changed their mind just a day later, when they announced that Cameroonian referee Alioum Alioum would be the man in charge of the showpiece match. 

The sudden change drew widespread criticism across the continent, but the chairman of the Caf Referees Commission, Souleyman Waberi, has now sought to clarify the chain of events that led to Alioum replacing Gomes.

Watch the Afcon final live in HD with DStv Compact!

In an interview with BBC journalist Osasu Obayiuwana, Waberi revealed that Gomes had, in fact, never been officially appointed for the match, and that the Twitter announcement was made in error.

"The Caf Referees Commission did not make any appointment of the referee for today's final until after the third-place match between Nigeria and Tunisia," Waberi told Obayiuwana.

"I was very shocked, like anyone else, to see the announcement of Victor Gomes on CAF's social media handles.

"The moment I saw it, I went to see (Caf's deputy general secetary of football and development) Anthony Baffoe and asked him who gave the communications department the right to make such an announcement. He was also surprised about it. We then had to order that those announcements be taken off all CAF social media.

"This type of mistake should never happen. But the announcement of Gomes never came from the Caf Referees Commission."

Gomes will play no part in the match, but South Africa will be represented in the final by Zakhele Siwela, who will be the third video assistant referee.

Click through the gallery below to see the highest-paid coaches at the Afcon:

 

 

 

nextarticle

Real Madrid Transfer Plans: 9 Stars Who Could Still Leave

34 comments

Top 5

Pitso Reveals What 'Angry' Zwane Said After Sub

63 Feb 15, 2020 07:30 PM in Mamelodi Sundowns

The Highest-Paid Players In Europe Revealed

9 Feb 11, 2020 07:14 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

New Bucs Star: My First Day Was…  

20 Feb 13, 2020 10:47 AM in Orlando Pirates

The 10 Richest Clubs In The World Revealed

33 Jan 14, 2020 12:27 PM in World News

Chiefs Ban – 7 Big Decisions…

75 Feb 13, 2020 12:18 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

Chiefs Ban – 7 Big Decisions…

75 Feb 13, 2020 12:18 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

Man City Could Be Relegated To League Two

22 Feb 17, 2020 01:28 PM in English Premier League

Pitso Reveals What 'Angry' Zwane Said After Sub

63 Feb 15, 2020 07:30 PM in Mamelodi Sundowns

Inside Chiefs: All Smiles Despite FIFA Drama

53 Feb 13, 2020 02:03 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

Manyisa Gears Up To Unveil Incredible R670k Sports Car

5 Feb 14, 2020 11:30 AM in Show Me The Money

Kaizer Chiefs = ‘A Movement’

42 Feb 13, 2020 07:00 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

The 10 Richest Footballers In The World

28 Nov 24, 2019 07:17 PM in World News

‘Zinnbauer Has Helped Us Alot’

10 Feb 13, 2020 09:08 AM in Orlando Pirates

9 Players Who Left Barca Because Of Messi

29 Nov 03, 2019 10:21 AM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Update On Another Absa Prem Signing…

2 Feb 13, 2020 10:01 AM in PSL