- Atezambong Carine Fomo has been picked for the second AFCON tournament running while Elvis Noupoue is headed for his fourth
- Morocco’s Bouchra Karboubi is the only female Referee on the plane to the tournament as a main Referee
- 68 match officials have been picked for the tournament proper to run from January 13 to February 11 across six venues in Côte D’Ivoire
The Refereeing panel of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has enlisted and announced its match officials for next year’s 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) with Morocco and Egypt dominating the squad with five officials each while Cameroon is represented by two assistants.
The announcement made this Thursday, December 21 has seven referees each from Morocco and Egypt.
The North African giants get the lion share of the spots as a payback for their efforts in development of their officials in recent years.
Morocco’s Samir Guezzaz, Jalal Jayed and Bouchra Karboubi will be main referees, Mostafa Akarkad and Lahcen Azgaou will be assistants, while Zakaria Brinzi and Redouane Jiyed will be at VAR.
Bouchra Karboubi is the only woman among the main referees of the tournament while Cameroon’s Atezambong Carine who was at the last tournament in hef country alongside Bouchra keeps her place along with compatriot Elvis Noupoue who played the final of the 2019 tournament in Egypt.
Algeria has five representatives in the mix while hosts the Republic of Côte D’Ivoire, Gabon and Senegal count three officials each.
In all, 26 Referees including AFCON debutants Abongile Sam of the Republic of South Africa and Rwanda’s Samuel Uwikunda, 30 assistant Referees and 12 VAR operation officials constitute the 68 persons assembled by CAF for the match officiating task.
The match officials are expected to arrive in Côte D’Ivoire more than a week before the start of the tournament in order to familiarize themselves with the demands of the tournament and maximize their chances of delivering when the 24-nation competition gets underway on January 13 and remain performant till the end of the soccer jamboree on February 11.
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