Former African number one referee Bakary Papa Gassama
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has told the Egyptian Federation that Bakary Papa Gassama will be the referee to officiate the Egypt – Cameroon Nations Cup Semifinals in the Africa Cup of Nations on Thursday. 
This came after Egyptians protested against the CAF decision to entrust the game to one of the continents best referees. 
Egypt in a statement stated that they don’t trust Gassama and demanded his replacement by CAF. 
The African football governing body quickly responded to the Egyptian query, saying they choose the best referees for games. 
“The committee will choose its best referees to play big games. Just like the teams will play with their best players.” CAF said. 
World renowned Gambian Referee Bakary Papa Gassama who started his career in 2007 is a three time winner of the best CAF Referee award. He officiated at the 2012 Olympic tournament and also served as a referee at the 2012 and 2013 Africa Cup of Nations tournaments as well as the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. 
The World football governing body FIFA named Gassama as one of the fifty potential referees for the 2014 World Cup in March 2013.  
Papa Gassama officiated the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations Final match on February 8, 2015 between Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire. 
On 27 April 2017, Gassama was selected as CAF’s sole referee for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia. Gassama successfully officiated several games at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
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Mr. Sainey M.K. Marenah is a Prominent Gambian journalist, founding editor The Alkamba Times and formerly head of communications at the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) and Communications and PR Consultant for The Gambia Pilot Program, under Gamworks. Mr. Marenah served as the Social media Strategist and Editor at Gambia Radio and Television Services. He is also the Banjul Correspondent for Voice of America Radio. Sainey is a human rights and developmental journalist who has carved a strong niche particularly in new media environments in the Gambian media industry. Mr. Marenah began his career as a junior reporter with the Point Newspaper in the Gambia in 2008 and rose through the ranks to become Chief correspondent before moving to The Standard Newspaper also in Banjul as Editorial Assistant and head of News. He is a household name in the Gambia’s media industry having covered some of the most important stories in the former and current government. These include the high profile treason cases including the Trial of Former military chiefs in Banjul in 2009 to 2012. Following his arrest and imprisonment by the former regime of President, Yahya Jammeh in 2014, Marenah moved to Dakar Senegal where he continues to practice Journalism freelancing for various local and international Media organization’s including the BBC, Al-Jazeera, VOA, and ZDF TV in Germany among others. He is the co-Founder of the Banjul Based Media Center for Research and Development; an institution specialized in research and development undertakings. As a journalist and Communication Expert, focused on supporting the Gambia's transitional process, Mr Marenah continues to play a pivotal role in shaping a viable media and communications platform that engages necessary tools and action to increase civic participation and awareness of the needs of transitional governance to strengthen the current move towards democratization. Mr. Marenah has traveled extensively as a professional journalist in both Europe, Africa and United States and attended several local and international media trainings.

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