Damon, who was Mzansi’s only whistleman at last year’s World Cup, was due to take charge of the key African Nations Cup qualifying match between Senegal and Cameroon in Dakar, but has since been replaced.
The Cape Town schoolmaster has been nixed by Cameron, whose football federation objected to his appointment.
A letter, written earlier this month by Sidiki Tombi, the secretary general of the Cameroon Football Federation, asked for Damon to be removed, along with his two assistants Enoch Molefe and Zakhele Siwela.
Damon refereed Cameroon’s opening qualifying match in Group E when they won 3-1 in Mauritius in September last year.
Cameroon objected to Damon’s awarding of a penalty to the islanders just before half-time. Cameroon also got a penalty in the second half and registered a comfortable win.
Cameroon also objected to a controversial decision that Damon made at the last Nations Cup in Angola when he awarded a goal in the quarter-final, which The Indomitable Lions lost to Egypt.
The shot did not clearly cross the line but proved the final nail in Cameroon’s 3-1 defeat to the Egyptians and their exit from the tournament.
There is concern from Senegal that Cameroon’s influence in the corridors of power in African football is such that they are able to dictate which referees they want in charge of key matches. The new referees for Saturday’s game in Dakar are from Tunisia.
CAF’s president Issa Hayatou hails from Cameroon but said recently he was seeking to stand down soon.
Damon was in Harare on Sunday when he was in charge of an African Champions League match between Dynamos of Zimbabwe and Mouloudia Alger from Algeria.