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Gambian ref for Egypt tie


GAMBIAN referee Gassama Bakary Papa has been appointed to officiate the 2014 World Cup football qualifier match between Zimbabwe and Egypt in Harare early next month.

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The Gambian official will be assisted by first assistant referee Ogbamanam W Angersome from Eriteria with Kabanda Felicien of Rwanda coming in as a second assistant.  Gambia’s Camara Bakary will act as the fourth official, while Boodhoo Neermal of South Africa has been appointed referees assessor.

Zimbabwe no longer have interest in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers after they were handed  a 2-1 defeat in the first leg in Alexandria on March 26.

The Warriors are at the bottom of the group with just a single point while Egypt are leading the pack with nine points followed by Guinea on four.

Mozambique also have one point, but Zimbabwe coach Dieter Klaus Pagels is looking at the bigger picture and wants to use the remainder of the World Cup qualifiers, including the match against Egypt, to come up with a squad capable of rivaling anyone on the continent in future competitions.

Pagels is rebuilding a new team following the dissolution of the Warriors over the Asiagate match-fixing scandal last year.

Before playing Egypt, the Warriors will take on the Flames of Malawi in an international friendly match on May 25.

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