Papa was voted by CAF Member associations and was awarded the coveted trophy at a gala event held in Lagos, Nigeria on Thursday 5th January 2017.
This is the third time in succession that Gassama has been voted by the continent as the Best Referee. Gassama will further proceed to Gabon where he will lead a high panel of African referees for the forth coming AFCON finals.
The President of The Gambia Football Federation LAMIN KABBA BAJO has reacted to Gassama’s phenomenal achievement describing him as a young man with high sense of dedication and fairness on his arbitration of matches hence his winning of the award. ‘Hearty felicitations to Papa for winning the title again. He made us all happy and proud. Keep it up Papa’, Bajo posted on our Facebook page.