Egyptian referee, Ghead Grisha, who officiated the match between Super Eagles of Nigeria and defending champions Zambia in Nelspruit on Friday, has been sacked from the on-going 2013 Africa Cup of Nations as a result of poor officiating.
This is coming after Grisha, who officiated the second Group C match, had come under intense scrutiny for his penalty call against Nigeria in Friday’s game against Zambia which ended in a draw.
Grisha gave Zambia a controversial penalty late in the game which ensured that the match ended 1-1. The Nigeria Football Federation lodged a complaint with the Confederation of African Football (CAF) after the match.
According to a top official of CAF, “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.
Consequently, CAF has prepared to monitor the last Group C matches along side the other groups to prevent such mistake from being repeated.