South Africa's Victor Gomes And Senegal's Maguette Ndiaye Receive Crunch African Cup of Nations Quarterfinals

South Africa's Victor Gomes And Senegal's Maguette Ndiaye Receive Crunch African Cup of Nations Quarterfinals

Keba Mothoagae
  • Controversial referees Victor Gomes and Maguette Ndiaye have been assigned a quarterfinal each in this weekend's 2021 African Cup of Nations action
  • The South African Gomes and Senegalese Ndiaye will officiate Equatorial Guinea vs Senegal and Egypt vs Morocco respectively
  • Ironically, Gomes, who is renowned for his strictness, will be officiating Ndiaye's countrymen considering the latter's controversial past with South Africa

Two of Africa's most controversial referees right now will officiate crunch 2021 African Cup of Nations quarterfinals this weekend.

South African Victor Gomes and Senegalese Maguette Ndiaye will blow the whistle as the last eight remaining teams look forward to slugging it out for a spot in the semifinals.

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South Africa's Victor Gomes And Senegal's Maguette Ndiaye. Image source: Charly Triballeau & Visionhaus/Getty Images
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Ironically, Gomes has been tasked with handling Ndiaye's countrymen as they lock horns with Equatorial Guinea, as reported in KickOff. Ndiaye will control the potentially explosive north African grudge match between Egypt and Morocco.

Ndiaye is well known to those in Mzansi for his highly controversial handling of Bafana Bafana's loss to Ghana in a crucial 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier in November last year, as per SowetanLIVE.

This led to the birth of a grudge held by many South African fans who were baying for some kind of vengeance towards anything Ghanaian on a soccer pitch. This was none more apparent than when reports that Gomes would somehow settle scores for Mzansi when the Black Stars took on Gabon, which according to TimesLIVE turned out to be fake news.

Joshua Bondo from Botswana dictate matters between Burkina Faso and Tunisia, while Pacifique Ndabihawenimana of Burundi handle the Gambia and Cameroon contest.

Strict referee Victor Gomes' performance sets social media alight... again

South African referee Victor Gomes has already been the centre of debate and attention for his performance at the 2021 African Cup of Nations.

Gomes was in charge of a humdinger between defending champions Algeria and Ivory Coast in a crucial Group E face-off.

Those who watched the match were most definitely not neutral on social media about what they thought of Gomes' effort judging by the war zone that was social media.