Tunisian referee Essrayi handed Ghana-Congo World Cup qualifier

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The North African referee has been picked by Caf to take charge of the Black Stars' game against the Red Devils next month

Tunisian referee Youssef Essrayi will officiate Ghana's game against Congo in the first leg of 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifiers at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi on September 1.

The 40-year-old, who was in charge of Cote d'Ivoire' victory over Liberia in the qualifiers last year, will be assisted by Jridi Faouzi and Marwene Saad, both from Tunisia, while Nasrallah Jaouadi performs the role as the fourth referee.

The Black Stars, after a poor start to the qualifiers under former coach Avram Grant, will be hoping to pick their first victory in race.

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Coach Kwesi Appiah has been tasked with claiming positive results in the remaining four games and hopefully qualify the Black Stars to their fourth consecutive Fifa World Cup.

Ghana shared the spoils goalless with Uganda in Tamale last year in the opening group game before losing 2-0 to Egypt in Alexandria, leaving them five points behind the Pharaohs.

Uganda will play Egypt in the other group game.

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