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Bakary Gassama to officiate CAF Champions League final return-leg

Bakary Gassama to officiate CAF Champions League final return-leg

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Gambian referee Bakary Gassama has been appointed to officiate the return leg of the African Champions League final between Al Ahly and .

The Red Devils qualified for the final after beating Tunisia’s Étoile Sportive du Sahel 7-4 on aggregate, while the Moroccan side knocked out Algeria’s USM Alger in the semi-finals to advance to the final.

CAF have recently appointed Ethiopian referee Bamlak Tessema for the first leg clash in Alexandria, before announcing that Gassama will officiate the return-leg in Morocco.

Gassama became a FIFA referee in 2007 and has officiated at the 2012 Olympics, the last four version of the AFCON, as well as the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia.

It’s worth mentioning that the 2017 African Champions League final will be Gassama’s fifth Champions League final in a row.

He was the referee during the 2013 Champions League final, when Al Ahly managed to lift their last last Champions League title against Orlando Pirates.

The first-leg of the final will be played at Borg El-Arab, Alexandria on Saturday October 28, while the return-leg will take place on November 5 at Stade Mohammed V.

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