Referees to Officiate Uganda’s Double Header with Egypt Named

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) have revealed the names of the referees for the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers double tie between Uganda and Egypt.

Mauritanian Ali Lemghaifry, 42, will be in charge of the first game which will be played at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole on August 31, 2017.

Lemghaifry who became a FIFA referee in 2005 has previously officiated at the 2011 African Nations Championship and the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Lemghaifry was the centre referee when Uganda picked their 1-1 draw with Mali courtesy of a Farouk Miya goal in the recent concluded 2017 Africa cup of nations in Gabon

The other leg in Cairo on September 5, 2017 will be officiated by South Africa’s Victor Miguel de Freitas Gomes.

The South African was born on December 15, 1982, Johannesburg and he was voted PSL Referee of the Season in 2012–13 and has been an international referee since 2011.

The qualifications for the upcoming 2018 World cup will see each team that will top its respective group in Africa qualify for the glamorous event in Russia.

Uganda who is in group E, are 2 points below leaders Egypt, with Ghana and Congo seated 3rd and 4th in that order, after two games played.


Egypt who have picked maximum points against Ghana and Congo are looking to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1990, a tournament which Uganda is yet to qualify to.

Uganda Cranes calendar for the 2018 World Cup:

Ghana 0-0 Uganda, October 7, 2016

Uganda 1-0 Congo, November 12, 2016

Uganda vs Egypt, August 31, 2017

Egypt vs Uganda, September 5, 2017

Uganda vs Ghana, October 8, 2017

Congo vs Uganda, November 6, 2017


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