The Standard – Kenya: Top referee to handle Gor Mahia versus USMA | The Standard

The Standard – Kenya: Top referee to handle Gor Mahia versus USMA | The Standard
Cameroonian referee Sidi Alioum [Courtesy]

K’Ogalo needs three clear goals on Sunday to advance to CAF Champions League group stages.

Cameroonian referee Sidi Alioum, who officiated the final match of this year’s Africa Cup of Nations will oversee the Champions League match between Gor Mahia and USM Alger on Sunday.

The highly experienced referee was at the centre when Algeria pipped Senegal 1-0 to be crowned African champions in Egypt this year.

Apart from officiating the final tie in Egypt, the 37-year-old Air Force officer also took charge of other high profile fixtures during the Nations Cup.

He was at the center when hosts Egypt were bundled out by South Africa and also officiated the Morocco and Ivory Coast match.

The appointment of the top referee shows the seriousness with which Confederation of African Football (Caf) is taking the match where Gor Mahia needs a 3-0 win to advance to the group stages of the competition for the first time. USM Alger won the first leg match 4-1 at home.

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Alioum will be assisted by compatriots Elvis Guy Noupue and Rodgrigue Menye Mpele.

In a related development, Gor Mahia treasurer Sally Bolo says the club will sell tickets online for Sunday’s match even as she pleaded with fans to turn up in large numbers.

The tickets which are already on sale are priced at Sh2000 for VVIP, Sh500 for VIP and Sh200 for terraces.

“We are asking our fans to buy the tickets early online. There will be no ticket sales at the match venue.

“We have a huge bill to pay towards match expenses and are therefore urging as many fans as possible to turn up,” she said.

Bolo said the match is very important for Gor Mahia as they are set to earn millions of shillings by qualifying for the group stages.

“We are determined to win this match because we know that at the group stages we will have good money to help us run the club.”

The club has been struggling to honor its fixtures since their shirt sponsors SportPesa pulled out.

The club has not paid players their salaries over the last two months and are currently in need of Sh12 million to pay arrears.

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