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Nigeria vs Ghana: Referees for 1st and 2nd leg unveiled

Moroccan referee Redouane Jiyed has been entrusted to handle the first leg of the 2022 World Cup play-off tie involving Ghana and Nigeria later this month.

The highly respected Moroccan match official will travel to Cape Coast for the match between the arch-rivals to determine which side would qualify for the tournament to be played in Qatar.

The Black Stars will take on Super Eagles at the Cape Coast stadium on Friday, March 25, 2022, before they head to Abuja four days later for the return encounter.

Jiyed was in charge when Ghana hosted and beat Ethiopia 1-0 in the World Cup qualifications at the same venue in September last year.

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The 42-year-old match official took charge of the 3rd place play-off game Burkina Faso and Cameroon at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaounde at the 2021 AFCON.

The top Moroccan referee also officiated AFCON games – Equatorial Guinea vs. Cote d’Ivoire in the group stages and Burkina Faso vs. Gabon in the round of 16.

Jiyed recently took charge of the CAF Champions League group stage match which saw Mamelodi Sundowns beat Al Ahly SC at the Cairo International Stadium.

The second leg of the crucial 2022 World Cup qualifying play-off between Nigeria and Ghana will be officiated by Tunisian referee Sadok Selmi.

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The Super Eagles will host the Black Stars in the return fixture of the two-legged tie on Tuesday, March 29, 2022 at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja.

First leg of the tie will take place on Friday, March 25, 2022 at the Cape Coast stadium before the deciding fixture four days later.

Selmi has been very active in the 2021-22 season having been present at the 2021 AFCON in Cameroon where he handled two group stage games.

He was in charge when Morocco beat Comoros 2-0 and also when Cape Verde drew 1-1 against host country Cameroon all in Yaoundé.

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Selmi recently took control of the CAF Champions League group stage match when Wydad AC came from behind to beat Zamalek SC 3-1 in Casablanca.

The top Tunisian referee officiated the second preliminary round match in Mali where Stade Malien lost at home to Guinean giants Horoya AC.

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