Papa to officiate Champions League final

Gambia’s Bakary Papa Gassama will officiate the 2019 CAF Champions League final between Espérance Sportive de Tunis and Wydad Casablanca on Friday night.

The 40-year-old, who is among 27 central referees that have been lined up for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations set to kick off on June 21 in Egypt, will be assisted by Senegalese duo Djibril Camara and El Hadji Malick Samba at the Stade Olympique de Radès.

Espérance will create history if they retain the CAF Champions League trophy with the Tunisian club not even needing a victory to achieve their goals as a 0-0 draw will suffice to win the elite African club competition on away goals after the first leg finished 1-1 in Morocco.

Papa Gassama will need to stamp out any hints of ill discipline considering a very heated first-leg which had Egyptian referee Gehad Zaglol Grisha suspended for six months by CAF for “poor performance”.

The Champions League winners will pocket $2.5 million and qualify for a Super Cup match at home to Zamalek of Egypt, winners of the second-tier Confederation Cup.