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08.06.2004 Football News

Senegalese referees for Ghana/South Africa duel

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Accra, June 8, GNA - Senegalese match officials have been designated by the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) to officiate the World Cup qualifying game between Ghana and South Africa on Sunday, June 20 at the Kumasi Sports Stadium.

A statement signed by Mr Jim Brown, Director of Competitions of FIFA named Badara Diatta as the one to direct affairs from the middle. It added that Ndoye Mamadou would be the Assistant Referee One and Sene El Hadji Ousmane, Assistant referee Two whilst Ndoye Falla will be the fourth referee.

According to the statement, El Yamani Ismael Mostafa from Egypt will be the match commissioner, with Godfried Folly Ekue as the Referee's Inspector

Meanwhile there are indications that the match, which has been originally scheduled for the Kumasi Sports Stadium might be shifted to the Accra Sports Stadium.

According to information gathered by the GNA Sports from some officials of the Black Stars and the secretariat of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), the decision to change the venue is under consideration in view of the poor nature of the pitch at the Kumasi stadium.

The GNA Sports has also learnt that due to some social activities held on the Kumasi pitch in recent times, some of the players have complained about it and expressed concern. Following these developments, it is likely that the match might be played at the Accra Sports stadium but it is learnt that the officials of the GFA are yet to take any decision on the issue.

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