THE Confederation of African Football has made last minute changes to match officials for the return leg of the Champions League semifinal between last year's winners Esperance Tunis and TP Mazembe.

CAF on Monday assigned Senegal's Badara Diatta to handle this Saturday's explosive decider in Tunis, replacing Bakary Gassama from the Gambia who was originally appointed.

After the barren draw in Lubumbashi on October 7 in which Côte D'Ivoire's referee Désiré Numandié sent off defensive kingpin Stoppila Nsunzu for a second caution in the match, TP Mazembe president Moise Katumbi launched scathing attacks on CAF referees' committee chairperson Tarek Bouchamaoui of Tunisia.

Katumbi accused Bouchamaoui of plotting the downfall of DRC giants through appointing hostile match officials against Mazembe.

According to sources within CAF, Diatta will now preside over Saturday's match in Tunis in which the North Africans are said to be uncomfortable with.
Tunisians contend that Diatta was a compatriot with Mazembe's coach Lamine N'Diaye, who is also Senegalese.