Egyptian referee Ghead Grisha who awarded a dubious penalty for Zambia against Nigeria has been sent packing.
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) subsequently dispatched a strongly-warded protest to the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
CAF has ostensibly ruled in favour of the NFF and Grisha has been sent home from the Afcon.
A top official of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) confirmed on Sunday that the 36-year old Grisha, who became an international referee in 2008, will take no further part in the on-going championship in South Africa.
“He has been sent home. He will have no further action at this Nations Cup. His decisions did not tally with best practices of the refereeing profession and we would not allow anyone to start re-writing the rules of the game here,” said the official.
The super eagles of Nigeria needs a win on Tuesday in Rustenburg against Ethiopia to confirm its place in the quarter finals of the nations cup