TotalCAFCC: Ghanaian referees to decide Rivers United fate

TotalCAFCC: Ghanaian referees to decide Rivers United fate

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has appointed four Ghanaian referees to oversee the Total CAF Confederation Cup (TotalCAFCC) match between Rivers United of Nigeria and Futuro Kings of Equatorial Guinea, reports

Rivers United on Saturday lost their preliminary round first leg tie against the minnows Futuro Kings at the Estadio de Mongomo 1-2, giving themselves genuine hopes of progressing through Godwin Aguda’s second half penalty.

The Nigerians will now have their fate determined by a quartet of referees from West African rivals Ghana. A Ghana Immigration Service officer, Charles Benle Bulu has been named by CAF as the centre referee for the return leg on Sunday.

Bulu will be assisted by his compatriots Kwasi Acheampong Brobbey (Assistant Referee 1) and Emmanuel Dolagbanu (Assistant Referee 2) while Abdul Latif Adaari will serve as the fourth official.

It is not the first time that Brobbey and Adaari would be in Nigeria though. Both men served the same roles they will serve on Sunday when Nigeria’s U23s overturned a 2-0 first leg deficit against Libya in Asaba, trouncing the North Africans 4-0 on March 25, 2019.

Rivers United will be hoping for the same outcome when Futuro Kings come calling. Liberia’s Sekou Wieh Konneh will serve as Match Commissioner for the game while Nigerian Salami Raheem Onimisi will serve as the Covid-19 Officer.

The second leg match will take place at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt starting from 4pm local time on Sunday. Winner on aggregate will most definitely face Bloemfontein Celtic of South Africa in the next round.

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