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Gehad Grisha to officiate 2017 AFCON opener

Gehad Grisha to officiate 2017 AFCON opener

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Gehad Grisha has been appointed to referee the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations opener between hosts Gabon and Guinea-Bissau on January 14.

The Africa Cup of Nations is set to kick off with Gabon’s match against Guinea-Bissau, which will be played on Saturday, January 14 at 18:00 CLT on Stade de l’Amitié in Libreville.

The 40-year-old, who was nominated for CAF Best Referee of the Year Award, will be assisted by Moroccan referee Redouane Achik, and Sudanese referee Ali Waleed Ahmed.

Grisha became a FIFA referee in 2008, serving as a referee at the 2016 Olympics football tournament, 2014 and 2018 World Cup qualifiers, and at the 2013 and 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

Hosts Gabon and Guinea-Bissau, who qualified to their first ever AFCON, were drawn in group A that joins them with Burkina Faso and Cameroon.

It’s worth mentioning that the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations will be Grisha’s fourth AFCON tournament in a row, after officiating at the last three editions of the tournament.

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