Egyptian referee, Ghead Grisha, who was at the centre in the Group C match between Nigeria and defending champions Zambia in Nelspruit on Friday, has been sacked from the 29th Africa Cup of Nations.
Grisha hugged the headlines on the negative side when he awarded a controversial penalty against the Super Eagles four minutes from time, which enabled Zambia to draw level in the game at Mbombela Stadium.
The Punch Newspaper reports that a top official of the Confederation of African Football, who is very familiar with referees appointments in the competition, confirmed on Sunday that the 36-year old, who became an international referee in 2008, will take no further part in the on-going championship in South Africa.
“He has been sent home. He will have no further action at this Cup of Nations. His decisions did not tally with best practices of the refereeing profession and we will not allow anyone to start re-writing the rules of the game here,” the official said.
The continental body was yet to make an official release as at press time but the official stated that it was just a matter of time.
CAF’s decision came as the Super Eagles settled down at their Hunters’ Rest abode in Rustenburg, ahead of Tuesday’s must-win final Group C clash with the Walya Antelopes of Ethiopia at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace.