December 25, 2012

Match Officials for AFCON 2013

According to various sources, Africa's football governing body CAF (Confederation of African Football) has nominated 39 match officials to take charge of the pending Africa Cup of Nations 2013 to be held in South Africa from the 19th January to the 10th February.

The officials are:

Referees (18)
Néant Alioum - Cameroon - 17/07/1982
Daniel Bennett - South Africa - 22/08/1976
Mohamed Benouza - Algeria - 26/09/1972
Bernard Camille - Seychelles - 06/10/1975
Koman Coulibaly - Mali - 04/07/1970
Badara Diatta - Senegal - 02/08/1969
Noumandiez Doue - Côte d'Ivoire - 29/09/1970
Bouchaib El Ahrach - Morocco - 05/09/1972
Bakary Papa Gassama - Gambia - 10/02/1979
Ghead Grisha - Egypt - 29/02/1976
Djamel Haimoudi - Algeria - 10/12/1970
Nampiandraza Hamada - Madagascar - 08/07/1984
Slim Jedidi - Tunisia - 17/04/1970
Sylvester Kirwa - Kenya - 13/12/1972
Ali Lemghaifry - Mauritania - 01/01/1975
Eric Otogo-Castane - Gabon - 13/04/1976
Rajindraparsad Seechurn - Mauritius - 03/06/1970
Janny Sikazwe - Zambia - 26/05/1979

Assistant Referees (21)
Redouane Achik - Morocco - 21/04/1972
Waleed Ahmed Ali - Sudan - 1974
Jean-Claude Birumushahu - Burundi - 13/02/1972
Djibril Camara - Senegal - 20/08/1983
Balla Diarra - Mali - 1974
Jerson Emiliano Dos Santos - Angola - 1983
Peter Edibe - Nigeria - 05/01/1970
Abdelhak Etchiali - Algeria - 27/06/1981
Bechir Hassani - Tunisia - 22/09/1969
Anouar Hmila - Tunisia - 1974
Felicien Kabanda - Rwanda - 19/07/1971
Arsénio Marengula - Mozambique - 1986
Aden Marwa Range - Kenya - 31/01/1977
Evarist Menkouandé - Cameroon - 14/11/1974
Yanoussa Moussa - Cameroon - 13/03/1973
Angessom Ogbamariam - Eritrea - 13/09/1971
Malik Alido Salifu - Ghana - 05/04/1973
El Hadji Malick Samba - Senegal - 1979
Zakhele Thusi Siwela - South Africa - 02/09/1982
Théophile Vinga - Gabon - 1975
Songuifolo Yeo - Côte d'Ivoire - 01/01/1970


The officials will be based in a hotel in Johannesburg, that will be also the venue of the opener match and the final match. The competition will be held from the 19th January to the 10th February 2013. After having arrived in South Africa approximately on the 14th January, the selected referees (and assistant referees) will have to undergo courses on 16th and 17th January including a yo-yo test session.

It is not certain whether these twelve referees will be the only ones appointed for the final tournament. This piece of information comes from Mohammed Abdul Fattah of Egypt.

This blog will accompany the competition by issueing inofficial referee observer reports for preferably every match. If you want to support us as an observer, please use one of the left placed contact opportunities.

26 Comments:

  1. Two big mistakes to me:
    1. Neant Alioum (why he's so pushed although his performances are mostly poor?)
    2. missing Ali Ould Lemghaifry from Mauritania

    With Christmas regards, Hubert

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  2. Hi Yun, this is not a final list but only the sure names until now, so it will be also possible to see the referee from Mauritania you have mentioned.

    For Khalid Abdel Rahman 2013 will be the last year on the FIFA list, he was lucky to be able to take part in a further edition of the tournament. Daniel Bennett has a big chance in his homeland, I think that he is a very strong name for the final, but the "problem" could be, of course, the South Africa national team.
    By the way, in these 12 men we can read already almost all the African big names, but one is missing: Rajindraparsad Seechurn from Mauritius, I think thay he should be sure, too.

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    1. Hi!

      Right, there were 18 main referees last year in Equatorial Guinea/Gabon. So, it seems that about 6 gaps are still free. I predict, they will be such names like Otogo-Castane, Lemghaifry, Seechurn, Bangoura, Kirwa and Sikazwe. Maybe I will be spot-on with my predictions? ;)

      And don't get me wrong, please, but I have seen enough amount of Alioum's performances to say he's not able to referee such tournament or bigger matches. Of course, I wish him same good matches and overall good luck at this AFCON.

      My favourite referees from the 'sure-list' are El Ahrach, Jedidi, Grisha, Nampiandraza and still Diatta after his not the best last final... One of my favourite African referees is Ali Ould Lemghaifry and hence I hope he'll be included in final list of AFCON2013 officials.

      Regards from Poland!

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    2. Gassama...keep this name in mind ;) He's my bet for the opener match.

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  3. Hi SUDAN-REFS KHALID ABDUL RAHMAN & SENEGAL-REFS BADDARA DIATTA LAST AFRICAN-CUP-OF-NATION.
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    DIATTA kandidat WCH IN RPA-2010 no WCH-2010.
    UND- WCH IN BRAZILE-2014

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  4. BRAZILE-REFS HEBER ROBERTO LOPES new candidat in course CONMEBOL JANUARY
    URUGUAY-REFS DARIO UBRIACO no teste fitnes no cualifiat WCH-2014. New candidat URUGUAY-REFSin course CONMEBOL REFS DANIEL FEDORCZUK BETANCOURT

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  5. By the way, these are the groups, here an interesting overview:

    GROUP A
    South Africa
    Angola
    Morocco
    Cape Verde

    GROUP B
    Ghana
    Mali
    Niger
    Democratic Republic of Congo

    GROUP C
    Zambia
    Nigeria
    Burkina Faso
    Ehtiopia

    GROUP D
    Ivory Coast
    Tunisia
    Algeria
    Togo

    Very interesting group D, with Ivory Coast, Tunisia and Algeria.

    The opener match will be South Africa - Cape Verde. Easy match? I don't know, I'm not sure, Cape Verde, the debutant national team, could be a surprise. South Africa national team in the last years showed to be still a work in progress... let's wait if anything is changed now.
    The adequate referee for this first match could be Hamada Nampiandraza from Madagascar... this is my opinion.
    Regards

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  6. In general I agree. On the other hand, keep in mind it will be Soccer City, it will be the home nation. I therefore expect a pre list official. I tend to prefer Gassama or Jedidi.

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  7. Sylvester Kirwa (Kenya) & Mohamed Benouza (Algeria) have now been confirmed by their federation and respective media; That makes a total of 14 confirmed central referees. Probably 3-4 more to come..

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  8. Other 4 names confirmed, now we have 18 referee (the same number of last edition), I think that the list is full.

    Ali Ould Lemghaifry (Mauritania, as expected by Yun)
    Eric Otogo-Castane (Gabon)
    Rajindraparsad Seechurn (Mauritius)
    Janny Sikazwe (Zambia)


    And we have also Theophile Vinga (Gabon) as assistant...

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    1. That means the same referees of last year with just one excpetion: Sylvester Kirwa (Kenya) instead of Eddy Maillet (Seychelles).

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    2. Bernard Camille is also there.

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    3. 19 officials? CAF is already exaggerated with the number of appointed referees for the AFCON.
      Our EURO tournament has the same amount of matches, just one is missing, the third place final. UEFA committee has selected 12 officials, therefore we see a big difference between CAF and UEFA...
      Probably Camille, at his first important tournament, will get only one appointment in group stage, as happened for Nampiandraza in the last edition.

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  9. As there are 24 group stage matches, I guess every official will get a match there and then the missing 5 ones are probably given to pre list officials and/or Abdel Rahman. Or someone of the less experienced officials shows a stunning performance like Gassama last year.

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  10. Some sources in Sudan have indicated that Khalid Abdel Rahman has not be selected for this competition. Sudan will be represented by Assistant referee Waleed Ahmed Ali

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  11. A nice article/interview about/with Bernard Camille.
    But it sounds as if Damoo had not been selected for AFCON, which would be a surprise.

    http://www.nation.sc/index.php?art=30047

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    1. Very interesting.
      Two further info: the first isthat Maillet has started to work as instructor for CAF (aso written in the article you have posted) and the second news is that the new FIFA referee who replaced him on the list is Allister Barra (1987).
      Furthermore, in my opinion it's impossible that Damoo is not on the list for AFCON 2013, a WC candidate with a big experience (FIFA AR from 2003).
      The explanation probably is that this article was written when CAF had not already confirmed the list of the assistants.


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  12. The list is now final with 18 central referees and 21 assistant referees :


    Referees :

    1 – Bernard Camille (Seychelles)
    2 - Seechurn Rajindraparsad (Mauritius)
    3 – Kirwa Sylvester (Kenya)
    4 - Bennett Daniel (Afrique du Sud)
    5 - Benouza Mohamed (Algérie)
    6 - Badara Diatta (Sénégal)
    7 - Coulibaly Koman (Mali)
    8 – Gassama Bakary Papa (Gambia)
    9 – Alioum Neant ( Cameroun )
    10 - El Ahrach Bouchaib (Maroc)
    11 - Doue Normandiez Desire (Côte d'Ivoire)
    12 – Lemghaifry Ali (Mauritania)
    13 – Jedidi Slim (Tunisie)
    14 – Haimoudi Djamal (Algérie)
    15 – Otogo – Castane Eric Arnaud (Gabon)
    16 – Sikazwe Janny (Zambia)
    17 – Nampiandraza Hamada el Moussa (Madagascar)
    18 – Grisha Ghead (Egypte)

    Assistant referees:

    1 - Hassani Bechir (Tunisie)
    2 – Ahmed Walid (Sudan)
    3 - Edibe Peter (Nigeria)
    4 - Menkouande Evarist (Cameroun)
    5 – Arsenio Marengula (Mozambique)
    6 – Range Adem Marwa (Kenya)
    7 – Siwela Zakhele Thusi (Afrique du Sud)
    8 - Kabanda Felicien (Rwanda)
    9 – Birumushahu Jean-Claude (Burundi)
    10 – Moussa Bayere (Côte d'Ivoire)
    11 – Ogbamariam Angessom (Erythrée)
    12 – Samba El Hadji Malik (Sénégal)
    13 – Moussa Yanoussa (Cameroun)
    14 – Yeo Songuifolo (Côte d'Ivoire)
    15 – Camara Djibril (Sénégal)
    16 – Anouar Hmila (Tunisie)
    17 – Vinga Theophile (Gabon)
    18 – Diarra Balla (Mali)
    19 – Etchiali Abdelhak (Algérie)
    20 – Malik Salifu (Ghana)
    21 – Dos Santos Jerson (Angola)

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    1. Are you sure?
      No Damoo from Seychelles?
      Very strange.

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    2. Also unbelievable is the fact that Sherif Hassan of Egypt and Redouane Achik of Morocco are missing.

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  13. By the way, full date of birth of Bernard Camille is 06/10/1975

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    1. Thanks a lot, I looked for it, but did not find anything.

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  14. Cafonline.com has published the official list, names are confirmed...

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  15. But Achik is there. Instead of Bayere.

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    1. The list of referees on the site seems to follow a certain order (no alphabetical).
      http://www.cafonline.com/competition/orange-can-2013_2013/referees
      Djamel Haimoudi was the best CAF referee this year, in fact he is the number 1 on that list. Bernard Camille, surely the most unexperienced, is listed as last.
      This sounds as a ranking, or something like that. What do you think?

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    2. Right. Also for the assistants, this seems to be a ranking, which makes sense actually.

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