AFCON 2021 Final Reaction: Victor Gomes Praised After Putting Mohamed Salah in His Place

AFCON 2021 Final Reaction: Victor Gomes Praised After Putting Mohamed Salah in His Place

Keba Mothoagae
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:55 PM
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  • South African referee Victor Gomes won himself global acclaim for his performance during the 2021 African Cup of Nationals final between winners Senegal and Egypt
  • Besides correctly and courageously awarding a penalty early in the match, he will be remembered for putting Mohamed Salah in his place for constantly badgering him
  • Social media was full of praise and admiration, with one user believing that he should be appointed the next Chief Justice of South Africa

South African referee Victor Gomes will not be intimidated no matter who you are and what you're about.

Gomes was the talk of town after his masterful handling of the 2021 African Cup of Nations final last night between Senegal and Egypt. The Lions of Teranga went on to win the match 4-2 on penalties after it ended 0-0, giving the west African nation its first senior continental title.

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Victor Gomes reads Mohamed Salah the riot act. Image source: Charly Triballeau/Getty Images
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As reported on The South African, Gomes was the the target of constant badgering by the Egyptians who kept questioning his decisions. This grew to such an extent that at one point, he told Egypt's superstar Liverpool star forward Mohamed Salah to take the whistle and referee instead, before shooing him away, as per the Liverpool Echo.

The moment sent social media into a frenzy as football fans reacted in every imaginable manner ever.

@AdvoBarryRoux said:

"The South African referee Victor Gomes offered Mohamed Salah a chance to referee the game between Senegal and Egypt as the Egyptian was complaining a lot. #AFCON2021 #AFCONFINAL"

@MathewsMpete said:

"Congratulations are in order for Aliou Cisse and the Senegalese after their 4-2 penalties Afcon victory against a rather ill-disciplined Egypt. The road was hard and bumpy for Senegal, but they held on for dear life and prevailed. To Victor Gomes, thank you sir."

@NkosinatiMagwa said:

"Appoint Victor Gomes to be our Chief Justice. He is never intimidated this one."

@Setlago_Monare said:

"Victor Gomes is definitely going to officiate in Qatar 22.....a full game not as 4th official. He's world class. Mzansi's finest. So far he's on 100%."

2021 AFCON Final: Sadio Mane's Senegal stuns Egypt on penalties to win title for the first time in history

Senegal are the winners of the 2021 African Cup of Nations staged in Cameroon.

As reported on Sports Brief, The Lions of Teranga stunned Egypt 4-2 on post-match penalties to win the continental showpiece.

Sadio Mane, who missed a penalty during the first half turned hero in the shootouts as his spot-kick inspired Senegal to glory.

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