That will fuel the debate after the final of the CAN 2019. The Confederation of African Football (CAF) decided to dismiss, at the last moment, the South African referee Victor Gomes who was to lead the final of the Senegal-Algeria CAN.
Cameroonian Alioum Alioum will be whistling this Friday night. He is a safe bet on the continent even if he is unaccustomed to big shocks. The 37-year-old referee officiated during the five-man CAF triumph and led two matches of this edition: Egypt-Zimbabwe (1-0) then Morocco-Ivory Coast (1-0) in the group stage. Tasty anecdote, the referee has long been called "None" Alioum because of an error of the Fifa on his surname.
No official reason has been put forward by CAF to justify this decision. The tweet that announced his resignation on July 16 was removed and a statement confirmed the change a few hours later.
This decision already arouses many criticisms on the Algerian side.
Some tie this decision to the "incorruptible" reputation of the replaced South African referee. Victor Gomes, who officiates for Fifa since 2011, had in particular denounced in 2018 an attempt at corruption at the Plateau United-Union Sportive meeting of the Medina of Algiers, in the first leg of the African Confederation Cup. He had publicly disclosed that he had been approached by a mysterious man who had offered him $ 30,000 to promote one of the two formations. What he refused.
Observers of African football contacted by Le Parisien evoke, them, an arbitration that was not irreproachable during the first rounds and that could have cost him his place in extremis … While usually, the CAF chooses referees of Eastern or Southern Africa in a clash between teams from the Maghreb and West Africa, the choice of the Cameroonian may in any case seem surprising.
Only certainty, every decision made by Alioum Alioum during the game on Friday night will be scrutinized as ever.