Football’s world ruling body, FIFA, has appointed Egyptian Ghead Grisha as referee for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match between Zambia’s Chipolopolo Boys and Nigeria’s Super Eagles in Ndola on Sunday, October 9, 2016.
Grisha, 40, has been a FIFA referee since 2008 and will be assisted by fellow Egyptians Tahssen Abo El Sadat Bedyer (assistant referee 1), Ahmed Hossameldin Taha (assistant referee 2) and Ibrahim Noureldin (Fourth Official).
Also appointed was renowned former FIFA referee Zeli Sinko from Cote d’Ivoire who will serve as referee assessor, while former Ghana FA president Mahamadu Nuru Deen Jawula will be match commissioner.
The match has been scheduled to kick off at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola on Sunday, October 9.
Grisha, incidentally, was in charge of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) group phase clash between the Super Eagles and the Chipolopolo, at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit, which ended 1-1.
The Super Eagles went ahead to eventually win that Cup of Nations tournament.
FIFA has also appointed Nigerian official Paul Bassey to serve as security officer for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Group E qualifier between Congo and Egypt, scheduled for the Stade de Kintele in Brazzaville on the same day.
Zambia was drawn in what has been fondly known as group of death in B together with Algeria, Nigeria and Cameroon as the Chipolopolo dream of a debut World Cup berth and will be looking for a positive result in the opener against Nigeria, a team that has also been bundled out of.