Gambian Ref. For Ghana-Togo Match

GmbnGAMBIA referee Bakary Papa Gasamma will handle the Group E fixture between Ghana and Togo tomorrow in Tamale.

He will be assisted by countryman Sulayman Sosseh and Evarist Menkounde from Cameroon.

Gasamma has already officiated two games in the AFCON qualifiers – he was the centre referee when Egypt played Tunisia before handling Ivory Coast’s crucial game against Congo DR in September and October respectively.

Ghana needs just a point to qualify for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, despite losing to Uganda over the weekend.

Anything aside victory for Togo will see the Hawks missing the opportunity to qualify.

The Black Stars lead Group E with eight points, one more than Guinea and Uganda but two more than Togo.

Meanwhile, Ghana could take a risk on captain Asamoah Gyan for the final Nations Cup qualifier against Togo in Tamale on Wednesday.

Gyan was not named in the original squad for the two games after picking up an injury at club side that has ruled him out for a month now, but interim coach Maxwell Konadu hinted after the defeat to Uganda in Kampala that they will explore the possibility of using him in the game against Togo

Ghana needs one point in that game to be certain of a place at next year’s Nations Cup but Konadu does not want to take anything for granted.

“We can’t confirm as at now”, Konadu said in relation to whether his captain will be up for Wednesday’s game or not. “He will be training with us to see how it goes. We are not ruling him out yet but we don’t want to rush him to make things worse. We have to operate with the mind-set that he is not here with us.”

Ghana carried a little goal threat in Kampala, and Konadu admits the side missed Gyan “who can turn a half chance into a goal.”

But he insists the players who stepped in in Kamapala and the team generally did not do badly. “Warris played very, very well especially in the first half and by the time Accam was on, the game was too hot. I think they did their best. But I agree we missed especially Asamoah Gyan who can turn half a chance into a goal. But we will still go ahead and we must learn to play without key ones. We only need to give the young ones our support and we will create chances and support them,” he said.

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