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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.

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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.

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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.

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