Egyptian referee, Ghead Grisha, who officiated the Group C match between Super Eagles of Nigeria and Cup holders Zambia in Nelspruit on Friday, has been sacked from the on-going 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.
Grisha awarded a controversial penalty to the Chipolopo of Zambia, late in the game, against the Super Eagles four minutes from time, which enabled the champions to draw level in the game at Mbombela Stadium.
A top official of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) confirmed on Sunday that the 36-year old referee, who became an international referee in 2008, will no longer take 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 would not allow anyone to start re-writing the rules of the game here,” said the official.
The dismissal was confirmed in a statement signed by the Assistant Media Director, for the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Mr Ademola Olajire.
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.