- Noupoue has been FIFA certified referee for close to a decade
- He has become a rare Cameroonian to be appointed Referee at the FIFA Club World Cup
- He is one of two Africans picked by FIFA for the tournament
Guy Noupoue Elvis has been included on the list of 24 match officials to handle games at the 2023 FIFA Club World Cup scheduled between December 12-22 this year in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
The list published on the official handles of the World football governing body on Friday has the name of the Cameroon international as the only official from his country retained for the tournament.
The 40-year-old that is one of ten assistant referees retained for the tournament. A rare African, alongside Maringule Arsenio of Mozambique.
Noupoue has a bag of experience in the business, having officiated at multiple tournaments including the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the CAF Champions League final, the Africa Cup of Nations finals, the U-20 FIFA World Cup and most-recently the newly-instituted African Football League.
A total of 24 match officials, including five referees, ten assistant referees, eight video match officials and one support referee, have been chosen in close cooperation with FIFA’s six Confederations.
All selected match officials will attend the preparatory seminar starting in Jeddah on 7 December until 11 December before switching to the kick-off of the tournament.
Real Madrid won the last edition of the tournament earlier this year in Morocco, but will be missing the next event as current European champions, Manchester City will be Europe’s representative this time around.
Though Noupoue has had a glittering career as a match official, the recent task makes him a rare Cameroonian to get the notch at the event of confederation champions.
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