Cameroonian refs for Algeria-Gambia clash

Cameroonian referee Neant Alioum will be the man in charge of the Gambia’s game away to Algeria in the return leg tie of the final round of 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers next week.

Central referee Alioum, 36, will be assisted by his compatriots Elvis Guy Noupue Nguegoue and Ernest Nkeniji Ekokobe as 1st and 2nd assistants respectively.

The Scorpions, under the leadership of Belgian Tom Saintfiet who is yet to name his squad, will face the Fennecs at the 45,000-capacity Mustapha Tchaker Stadium in Blida, about 45 km south-west of the capital, Algiers, next Friday (March 22) in the final round of the qualifiers with the match kicking of at 19:45 GMT.

The first leg of the tie saw both sides drew 1-1 at the Independence Stadium in Bakau last year with already-qualified Algeria only playing for pride at home.

Algeria have never lost a game hosted in Blida Province since August 2002, winning 28 of 33 matches played there.

The Gambia also haven’t won any of its three outings in Algeria but will be buoyed by the 1-1 draw at the Independence Stadium in September.

Algeria top AFCON qualifying Group D with 10 points after five matches, followed by Benin (7 points), the Gambia (5) and Togo (5).

The last round of the group matches will be crucial for determining the second place holder with The Gambia already filling a case at the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) over the ineligibility of Togo international James Adewale Olufade.