Gabonese referee to officiate Ghana-E. Guinea semi-final clash

Caf has named Gabonese referee Eric Otogo-Castane to officiate the semi-final match involving Ghana and Equatorial Guinea, Goal Ghana can reveal.

The referee, who became a Fifa referee in 2011 and Caf elite referee since November of the same year, will be assisted by Abdelhak Etchiali from Algeria and Jerson Emiliano dos Santos from Angola while Mehdi Abid-Charef from Algeria serves as the fourth referee.

Ghana who are playing their fifth consecutive semi finals since 2008 beat Guinea 3-0 in the quarter-final to book a last-four slot.

Otogo-Castane is familiar to Ghanaians as he was the referee when the four-time African champions were beaten by Mali in the third place match in 2013.

Otogo-Castane has officiated twice in the 2015 Afcon, first when Tunisia shared the spoils 1-1 with Cape Verde and also when Ivory Coast pipped Cameroon 1-0 in the last group match to qualify to the quarter finals.

The 38-year-old Knight of the Whistle has shown 106 yellow cards and three red cards in his 37 international matches for Caf and FIFA respectively with three yellow cards per game on average and last shown a red card on August 11, 2013 in a game involving Coton Sport and Sewe Sports in the Caf Champions League group stages.

He has also awarded 12 penalties in these games with the recent one against Tunisia when they squared off with Cape Verde in the ongoing tournament.

Meanwhile, Cameroonian Néant Alioum will be in the centre of affairs in the other semi-final game between Ivory Coast and DR Congo in Bata on Wednesday. Countryman Evarist Menkouande and Zakhele Thusi Siwela from South Africa will be his assistants and Bernard Camille from Seychelles will be the fourth referee.

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