Bakary Gassama

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Bakary Papa Gassama (born 10 February 1979) is a Gambian football referee.[1]

Gassama became a FIFA referee in 2007.[2] He officiated at the 2012 Olympic tournament,[3] in which he was the fourth official for the gold medal match between Mexico and Brazil.[4] He also served as a referee at the 2012[5] and 2013 Africa Cup of Nations[6] tournaments, as well as the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.[7]

In March 2013, FIFA named Gassama as one of the fifty potential referees for the 2014 World Cup. On 15 January 2014, FIFA announced that he would be one of the 25 referees for the tournament. His assistants were announced to be Evarist Menkouandé and Felicien Kabanda.[8] He officiated the third group stage match in group B between the Netherlands and Chile on 23 June 2014. The last match he officiated was the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations Final on 8 February 2015 between Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire.

On 27 April 2017, Gassama was selected as CAF's sole referee for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia. His assistants were announced to be Jean Claude Birumushahu (Burundi) and Marwa Range (Kenya), and his video assistant referee was appointed to be Malang Diedhiou (Senegal). His first match at the competition will be the Group A match between Mexico and New Zealand on 21 June 2017.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ World Referee
  2. ^ FIFA. "Gambia: Referees". Retrieved on 22 April 2013.
  3. ^ FIFA. "Men's Olympic Football Tournament: Referees". Retrieved on 22 April 2013.
  4. ^ FIFA. "Men's Olympic Football Tournament: Brazil 1:2 (0:1) Mexico". 11 August 2012. Retrieved on 22 April 2013.
  5. ^ Confederation of African Football. "Match Gabon vs. Morocco 01-27-2012". 27 January 2012. Retrieved on 22 April 2013.
  6. ^ Morrison, Neil. "African Nations Cup 2013". RSSSF, 22 February 2013. Retrieved on 22 April 2013.
  7. ^ FIFA. "Match Report – Congo – Gabon 1:0 (0:0)". 23 March 2013. Retrieved on 22 April 2013.
  8. ^ Referees & Assistant referees for the 2014 FIFA World Cup FIFA, 14 January 2014. cited on 17 April 2014.
  9. ^ "FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 - List of appointed match officials" (PDF). fifa.com. 27 April 2017. Retrieved 19 June 2017.