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Afcon 2021: South African referee Gomes gets final duty

10:29 AM GMT+4 05/02/2022
Andre Ayew and Thomas Teye Partey of Ghana, referee Victor Gomes, 2019 Afcon
The 39-year-old previously officiated three matches in this edition of the biennial showpiece in Cameroon

South African referee Victor Gomes has been appointed to be in charge of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations final on Sunday.

Gomes will play the centre referee's role for the clash against Senegal and Egypt at the Olembe Stadium.

He was the official who handled Nigeria's 3-1 win over Sudan in the group stage followed by Ivory Coast's 3-1 win against Algeria and the quarter-final encounter between Senegal and Equatorial Guinea.

In this tournament, Gomes has handed out 11 yellow cards and he has awarded two penalties so far.

He will be assisted by his compatriot Zakhele Siwela as first assistant referee and Lesotho's Souru Phatsoane as second assistant referee.

Morocco's Adil Zourak will be in charge of the Video Assistant Referee while DR Congo's Jean-Jacques Ndala will play the fourth official role.

Senegal are eyeing their first Afcon title after qualifying for their second successive final on Wednesday with a 3-1 victory over Burkina Faso, thanks to goals from PSG stars Abdou Diallo, Idrissa Gueye and Sadio Mane.

Egypt, on the other hand, are looking to extend their dominance as the most successful country in Afcon history with an eighth title in Cameroon.

The Pharaohs, who will be without head coach Carlos Queiroz at the Olembe Stadium, defeated the host country on penalties after settling for a goalless draw at the end of 120 minutes of action on Thursday.