January 22, 2013

CAF unveils AFCON Referee Appointments for matches 9-16

CAF has released the referee appointments for matches 9-16 at Africa Cup of Nations to be held in South Africa between 23 and 26 January 2013.

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Match 9, Group A, Durban (Moses Mabhida Stadium)
23 January 2013, 17:00
South Africa - Angola
Referee: Koman Coulibaly (Mali)
Assistant Referee 1: Balla Diarra (Mali)
Assistant Referee 2: Yanoussa Moussa (Cameroon)
Fourth Official: Ali Lemghaifry (Mauretania)

Match 10, Group A, Durban (Moses Mabhida Stadium)
23 January 2013, 20:00
Morocco - Cape Verde
Referee: Janny Sikazwe (Zambia)
Assistant Referee 1: Malik Alidu Salifu (Ghana)
Assistant Referee 2: David Laryea (Ghana)
Fourth Official: Slim Jedidi (Tunisia)

Match 11, Group B, Port Elizabeth (Nelson Mandela Bay)
24 January 2013, 17:00
Ghana - Mali
Referee: Noumandiez Doue (Côte d'Ivoire)
Assistant Referee 1: Songuifolo Yeo (Côte d'Ivoire)
Assistant Referee 2: Jean-Claude Birumushahu (Burundi)
Fourth Official: Mohamed Benouza (Algeria)

Match 12, Group B, Port Elizabeth (Nelson Mandela Bay)
24 January 2013, 20:00
Niger - DR Congo
Referee: Bouchaib El Ahrach (Morocco)
Assistant Referee 1: Redouane Achik (Morocco)
Assistant Referee 2: Waleed Ahmed Ali (Sudan)
Fourth Official: Eric Otogo-Castane (Gabon)

Match 13, Group C, Mbombela (Mbombela Stadium)
25 January 2013, 17:00
Zambia - Nigeria
Referee: Ghead Grisha (Egypt)
Assistant Referee 1: Evarist Menkouande (Cameroon)
Assistant Referee 2: Anouar Hmila (Tunisia)
Fourth Official: Djamel Haimoudi (Algeria)

Match 14, Group C, Mbombela (Mbombela Stadium)
25 January 2013, 20:00
Burkina Faso - Ethiopia
Referee: Bernard Camille (Seychelles)
Assistant Referee 1: Angesom Ogbamariam (Eritrea)
Assistant Referee 2: Zakhele Thusi Siwela (South Africa)
Fourth Official: Bakary Papa Gassama (Gambia)

Match 15, Group D, Rustenburg (Royal Bafokeng Stadium)
26 January 2013, 17:00
Côte d'Ivoire - Tunisia
Referee: Rajindraparsad Seechurn (Mauritius)
Assistant Referee 1: Djibril Camara (Senegal)
Assistant Referee 2: El Hadji Malick Samba (Senegal)
Fourth Official: Daniel Bennett (South Africa)

Match 16, Group D, Rustenburg (Royal Bafokeng Stadium)
26 January 2013, 20:00
Algeria - Togo
Referee: Hamada el Moussa Nampiandraza (Madagascar)
Assistant Referee 1: Felicien Kabanda (Rwanda)
Assistant Referee 2: Aden Marwa Range (Kenya)
Fourth Official: Sylvester Kirwa (Kenya)

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  1. Seechurn got the most interesting appointment, in my opinion.
    Burkina Faso - Ethiopia for Camille. Here a very important observer is needed ;)
    Who are the still missing referees? Kyrwa and?

  2. Lemghaifry.
    Laryea has obviously replaced Etchiali who is injured.
    Zambia-Nigeria could be also very difficult and important.

  3. Hi Ifthe injury proves to be serious LANNOY, it will mean the prematureof his career the 44 year old judge

  4. Strange that CAF ignored that Nigeria is in Burkina Faso's and Ethiopia's group...they appoint Edibe as first assistant which appears strange to me.

  5. Mohammed A. Fattah23/1/13 10:41

    I agree with you Niclas for Edibe appoint. It’s very strange & doubts will be there for each and every call for him.
    As of Zambia - Nigeria it will be very difficult match because if any team win of them win this match will be qualified with 90% for round of 16. Grisha appointment for this match is making sense to me & good signal for him. I hope he will demonstrate good performance to grantee his stay in the competition.

  6. Terrible offside call by Balla Diarra (15') a very big chance to score for SA.
    In these first 15', Culibaly is missing several situations... hope he can improve in the next minutes.

  7. So-so first half for Coulibaly and his team.
    Missed at least a clear free kick to Angola, Diarra with an important mistake, furthermore there was a penalty appeal by South Africa.
    Overall, the outcome until now was not influenced, seince SA scored, by the way I would like to see a more careful trio in the second half.

    1. Dear all; I've just received from media@uefa.com the full program of the UEFA course in Rome. All Elite and Elite DEvelopment refrees will attend as well 16 first category (Gumienny, Todorov, Mateu Lahoz, Kokulakis, Kelly, liany, Yefet, Van Boeckel, Gil, Sousa, Tudor, Karasev, Kruziak, Jug, Gocek, Boiko), 3 second category (Zelinka, Tohver, Manukka), all Elite and elite development women referees. (77 participants !!!!!).

      I don't understand why for first and second category the listed names and why not some others. Chefer will you be in Rome for the course ? I'd like very much but I cannot before too much busy.
      Three days (28-29-30 of January) of fitness test and meetings. Men and women will perform fitness test at same time. Many Relators such as Collina, Werner, Elleray, Dallas)

    2. Interesting names. I guess Lannoy will miss this course due to injury.
      By the way, I am stunned that you get replies by UEFA and FIFA. When I contact media@uefa.com/...@fifa.com I never get answers.

    3. If you send me your e-mail address I can forward what I received from Uefa and fIFA.

    4. footballrefereeing.blogspot@gmx.de

      Thanks in advance!

    5. Thank you for the info, F.
      So, 28, 29 and 30 January, that means the next week. Unluckily I will be busy just in those days, especially 30 and 31 January. A pity, I can't postpone my commitments, I have to be elsewhere so not in Rome. It was better in February. By the way, I will try to follow the situation somehow. Very interesting to read that 16 FIRST CATEGORY referees will be there.
      Could you send me the whole infos you have received by UEFA?
      Here my contact: chefren@email.it
      Thank you in advance.

    6. Same here... The only reply received from media@fifa.org (media@fifa.com is not working) was that the new FIFA Lists are posted on the FIFA web site; no excel file with the names! Most likely, they only send information to people who have media accreditation with FIFA and/or UEFA.
      "f", if you do not mind, could you also forward to me (ref29@ymail.com) those materials mentioned above?
      Thank you.

    7. One relevant piece of info.

      Koukoulakis will most likely miss the course since he has a high fever and he hasn't trained for days. He is unavailable for Super League matches.

      "f", could you please send me the whole info you received? Here: edward1983@hotmail.gr.

      Thanks in advance.

    8. Hi Niclas, did you receive dmy e-mail on Uefa program ?\
      Rgs f

  8. Many complaints from Angola bench in the whole first half, and also in the half time. Ali Lemghaifry very busy. Then, something incredible has just happened: Coulibaly forgot to allow a substitution (everything was ready) prior to the kick off of the second half and then it was made 22 seconds after the whistle, the commentators are astonished for this situation.

  9. @Chefren
    Wasn't the first goal in Juventus - Lazio scored after a clear foul on defender? I'm stunned that Damato counted it.

    1. Yes, crucial mistake by Damato.
      I'm wondering how it was possible, too.
      Furthermore, possible penalty not given to Juventus.

  10. OFC U-17 Championship Preliminary - Match Day 2

    Samoa vs. Tonga
    3pm local time, Thursday 24 January
    J.S. Blatter Football Complex
    Apia, Samoa

    Referee: Pari OITO [TAH]
    Assistant Referee 1: Paul AHUPU [TAH]
    Assistant Referee 2: Hillary ANI [PNG]
    4th Official: Robinson BANGA [VAN]


    Cook Islands vs. American Samoa
    5pm local time, Thursday 24 January
    J.S. Blatter Football Complex
    Apia, Samoa

    Referee: Matt CONGER [NZL]
    Assistant Referee 1: Simon LOUNT [NZL]
    Assistant Referee 2: John Erick NIABO [SOL]
    4th Official: Gerald OIAKA [SOL]

  11. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VI47XZl6MYk

    Hazard (Chelsea) sent off for a brutal kick to a ball-boy.
    Terrible scene.
    Excellent decision by Foy.

  12. Handball out of penalty area by Ghana keeper = yellow card?
    I'm a bit astonished with Doue decision!

    1. No DOGSO here?

    2. Must be a red card.
      Now he gives a penalty to Ghana, also doubtful. The player solely played the ball, even though it indeed looked a bit like a foul.

    3. I think Doue performed well overall, good cards. But this handball by the goalkeeper and the penalty lower the impression.

    4. The penalty given can be discussed! The defender clearly hits the ball before, but how much reckless is that action?

    5. Very. Therefore a doubtful call, but no totally wrong one. I would not give it, but Doue has not that bad reasons to award this penalty.

    6. And I don't know how often I have already said this: penalty appeal by Congo DR. A quite clear handball missed by El Ahrach.

  13. Mohammed A.Fattah25/1/13 17:21

    Grisha with good performance in Zambia - Nigeria clash in the first half . Very good penalty call to Nigeria. All cards given was correct.

    Perfect offside call by Evarist ….. Assistance referee is cooperating with the referee.

    1. I also want to underline the excellent offside call made by Evarist Menkouande: very difficult and crucial situation. To be taken as excellent example for all the assistants.
      I'm watching via streaming and I have doubts about a possible foul prior to Nigeria goal, the player which stole the ball from the opponent.
      Mohammed what is your point of view?

    2. And now an exaggerated penalty, no, a wrong one. Even ridiculous considering his previously good performance.

  14. OMG what a penalty, his AFCON finishes here.
    I'm sorry, can't believe. It wasn't even a soft contact, 100% nothing!

  15. Mohammed A.Fattah25/1/13 18:29

    @ Chefren I have seen this situation of nigeria goal 2 times. Actually there was a contact but from my view there is no foul;on this.

    Regarding the 2nd penalty call for zambia. it’s 101% wrong call by Grisha. I believe it’s foul on Zambia player for pulling the short of nigeria defender. I can’t imagine what the observer will write about this situation , but surely his report will decide about Grisha stay in AFCON.

  16. Peter Edibe with a correctly disallowed offside goal.

  17. No Edibe, is Ogbamariam

    1. So they in the end changed it?

  18. Excellent decision in cooperation with Ogbamariam!
    Red card to BF keeper for an handball outside of penalty area, clear DOGSO.

  19. Hard but ok decision.

  20. By the way, nobody said anything about El Ahrach so far. He did not award a penalty for handball, it was a difficult call, probably no crucial mistake. Distance and pace of the shot support his decision, but it was a slight increase of the body volume. Apart from that, something like 8.2 or 8.3, he should have booked two other players for hard fouls, but this was his line. Very lenient from minute 1 to 94. Overall, he could get a second match, perhaps the 3rd place match.

  21. Predictions:

    RSA-MAR Alioum
    CPV-ANG Lemghaifry
    GHA-NIG Kirwa
    MLI-COD Haimoudi
    ETH-NGA Gassama
    ZAM-BFA Diatta
    ALG-CIV Bennett
    TUN-TOG Camille

    1. RSA-MAR Lemghaifry
      CPV-ANG Kirwa
      GHA-NIG Benouza
      MLI-COD Alioum
      ETH-NGA Bennett
      ZAM-BFA Haimoudi
      ALG-CIV Coulibaly
      TUN-TOG Diatta

    2. RSA-MAR Jedidi
      CPV-ANG Alioum
      NIG-GHA Haimoudi
      MLI-COD Kirwa
      ETH-NGA Lemghaifry
      ZAM-BFA Bennett
      ALG-CIV Diatta
      TUN-TOG Camille

    3. Anonymous26/1/13 17:17

      I don't think that Sylvester Kirwa is an option for tomorrow's match Cape Verde - Angola, as predicted by Philipp, after being Forth official at the match Algeria - Togo today.

      Concerning Peter Elgam Edibe's sustitution by Angesom Ogbamariam: In my opinion a logical and correct decision not to nominate this Nigerian for a match in group C with Nigeria.

      Kind regards from Vienna,

    4. Anonymous26/1/13 17:19

      Fourth, not Forth ...

    5. Anonymous26/1/13 17:36

      Substitution, not Sustitution ...

  22. Penalty appeal in first half by Ivory Coast and now a wrong flag by Camara in a very important action. Both alleged mistakes in favor of Tunisia.

  23. Nampiandraza missed a slight violent conduct by the Togolese goalkeeper. As I said, it was slight, but that does not matter. Should have been red and penalty.

  24. Unbelievable mistake, once again. A very clear penalty not given to Algeria. Directly in front of Nampiandraza. The performances are by far underneath a level to be expected at such a tournament.

  25. A goal's post is broken in Rustenburg..play suspended in minute 87.

  26. Oh dear oh dear. Now the CAF officials are losing their minds.

    In the 86th minute, the match was interrupted for about 9 minutes as the goal had to be repaired.
    Then, the match restarted and they played the remaining 4 minutes until minute 90 was reached. Then, the fourth official signalized 13 MINUTES OF ADDED TIME ! Without any reason, the match required perhaps 4. 13 minutes are given. I think Nampiandraza and specially the CAF official with whom he was talking are more than struggling with this situation. And now, at the moment, we are in 90+10'...

    1. Incredible to hear that. I will download the full match, now it is not still available.
      Admin, could you give me the exact minutes of the slight violent conduct by keeper and the missed penalty? Thank you very much!

    2. Yes: missed violent conduct in 19th minute and missed penalty in 59'.

    3. I have problems to find the violent conduct by keeper. Nothing happened in the 19th minute. In the 18th minute after a corner kick this is the situation:
      Togo's keeper is hit by a deliberate kick from behind after a save, it was a red card for Algeria player, in my opinion.

    4. Clear penalty in the 59'. And yes, Nampiandraza was there, looking closely at the situation. Crucial mistake.

    5. The mistake of the added time is (and I'm sorry to say that) the signal that CAF has still to work in improving the organization of a tournament.
      Nampiandraza is very young an inexperienced, here all the CAF offcials, delegates and assessors which were at the stadium had to help him, in order to give an adequate extra time. I would also dare to say that this was a kind of crucial mistake, 13 minutes were played uselessly and during this period everything might have happened... I have download the match, French commentators were commenting and laughing about that, for sure CAF gave a very bad impression.

    6. Oh yes, I mixed it up. The violent conduct was naturally executed by the Algerian player ON the goalkeeper.

  27. Chefren said it somewhere, Seechurn missed a very clear handball penalty to CIV. El Hadji Samba should have seen it for sure.

    1. Hi Niclas, did you received my e-mail on Uefa course program ?
      Rgs f


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