Gambian referee to officiate Ghana vs. Cameroon clash

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Gambian referee Gassama will be in the middle of affairs when the Black Stars face the Indomitable Lions on Thursday

Gambian referee Bakary Gassama has been selected to officiate the Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals between Ghana and Cameroon at Stade de Franceville on Thursday as both countries seek to make it to the final in a bid to win their fifth title.

The Black Stars defeated DR Congo 2-1 in the quarterfinals thanks to goals from the Ayew brothers, becoming the only country to reach the semis on sixth consecutive times since 2008.

Cameroon also finished as runners-up in Group A with five points, knocking out pre-tournament favourites Senegal on penalties in the quarterfinals.

Gassama is not new to Ghanaian teams. He took charge of the 2015 Afcon final when the Black Stars lost 9-8 on penalties to Cote d'Ivoire.

He will be assisted on the lines by Jean Claude Birumushahu from Burundi and Sudanese Waleed Ahmed Ali.

However, Motswana Joshua Bondo, who officiated the Black Stars' opening day 1-0 victory over Uganda will be the fourth referee.

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Ghana are likely to welcome back into the starting XI captain Asamoah Gyan, who missed their victory over DR Congo last week after picking a knee injury against Egypt.

The Al Ahli striker is a game away from achieving 100 caps with the Black Stars since making his debut in 2003. However, goalkeeper Razak Brimah is likely to be dropped following his outburst on Facebook on Monday, which resulted in a $2,500 fine. Enyimba International goalkeeper Fatau Dauda maybe handed a start in post.

Avram Grant's men are in search of their first silverware since 1982, having lost three Afcon finals between 1992 and 2015.

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