Monrovia: Liberia’s FIFA Fifa-badged referee Jerry Yekeh will take center stage when Senegal take on Burundi at the Africa Games at the Stade Municipal El Manssouria in Rabat, Morocco at 17:30 GMT (5:30PM Liberian time) on Saturday.
Yekeh’s team will include Nigeria’s Efosa Celestine Igudia as assistant referee #1, Sierra Leone’s Ibrahim Bah as assistant referee #2, South Africa’s Eugine Nkosinathi Mdlulil as fourth official, Niger’s Issaka Adamou as match commissioner, Morocco’s Mohammed Guezzaz as referee assessor and South Sudan’s Victor Lawrence Laul Laul as general coordinator.
It will be Yekeh’s second appearance, having served as fourth official when Burkina Faso forced Nigeria to a 1-1 draw in the opening match at the Sports Center of the ASFAR in Rabat on 16 August.
Spectators enjoyed the extravaganza at Monday night’s opening ceremony for the African Games with amazing light displays to kick off the continent’s biggest sporting event.
The tournament, formerly known as the All Africa Games and involving more than 6,000 athletes from all 54-member states of the African Union (AU), is largely seen as a test run for Morocco’s ambition to host the Olympic Games for the first time in Africa. Nigeria have brought along the largest contingent at 427, followed by Kenya with more than 300 athletes and officials.
About 17 of the 30 competitions will also serve as qualifiers for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Morocco is participating in the games for the first time since it rejoined the AU in 2017.