2019 AFCON: Caf appoints Botswana referee Joshua Bondo to officiate Ghana-Kenya clash

Published on: 07 March 2019

Confederation of African Football (CAF) has appointed Botswana referee Joshua Bondo to officiate Ghana’s final game in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier with Kenya on Saturday, March 23.

The 41-year-old had been touted as one of the best of the emerging crop of referees in Africa and has handled matches on a bigger scale such as the 2016 Chan finals in Rwanda, the Caf Under-20 championships in Zambia and the 2017 African Cup of Nations in Gabon.

In 2017, he was sent home from the Cosafa Cup tournament after controversially handling Zimbabwe's match against Madagascar.

Among his many controversies and accusations of dubious officiating, Bondo reportedly head-butted an Angolan player during a South Africa-Angola friendly match in 2017.

He will be returning to Ghana for the second time after officiating the Caf Confederation Cup group stage fixture between Aduana Stars and ASEC Mimosas in Dormaa.

The controversial match official will be assisted by his compatriot Meshack Medupi and Moemedi Godfrey Monakwane on the lines with Tshepo Mokani Gobagoga also acting as the fourth official for the game.

Ghana will be welcoming the Harambee Stars to the Accra Sports Stadium.

Both countries have already qualified for the Nations Cup in Egypt later in June, however, coach Kwesi Appiah and lads will be looking to avenge their 1-0 loss in the reverse fixture in September 2018.

The winner of the encounter will top Group F of the Afcon qualifiers.