AFCON: Mauritanian Referee, Beida To Officiate Nigeria vs. Cote d’Ivoire Final Showdown On Sunday

In a twist of fate set to add a layer of intrigue to the climax of the 2023 TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has named Dahane Beida from Mauritania as the referee for the highly anticipated final.

“Dahane Beida, aged 32, will be the on-pitch referee for this crucial match,” announced CAF in a statement released on their official website. “This marks his third appearance at this year’s TotalEnergies CAF AFCON.”

Speaking exclusively to our correspondent, Beida expressed his enthusiasm for the task ahead. “It’s an honor and a privilege to officiate such a prestigious match,” he stated. “I am fully prepared to ensure fairness and uphold the integrity of the game.”

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Beida’s journey to the AFCON final has seen him officiate several key matches throughout the tournament, including the thrilling encounter between Egypt and Mozambique, as well as the Round of 16 clash where Angola secured a decisive victory over Namibia.

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Assisting Beida on the field will be Emiliano Dos Santos from Angola and Diana Chicotesha from Zambia, with Morocco’s Bouchra Karboubi serving as the fourth official. The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) role will be filled by Mahmoud Ashour from Egypt, supported by Rivet Maria Pakuita from Mauritius.

Beida’s extensive refereeing experience spans various prestigious competitions, including last year’s U17 World Cup in New Zealand and the second leg of the final of the TotalEnergies CAF Confederation Cup 2022/23.

His proficiency has also been showcased in the TotalEnergies CAF Champions League, CAF TotalEnergies Confederation Cup, and the African Football League.

The AFCON final between Nigeria and Cote d’Ivoire promises to be a showdown of epic proportions. With Nigeria seeking their fourth title and Cote d’Ivoire eyeing their third championship victory, the stage is set for a battle of skill, determination, and national pride.

The encounter holds special significance as both teams faced off earlier in the group stage, where Nigeria secured a narrow victory over Cote d’Ivoire. As the final whistle approaches, anticipation mounts, and fans eagerly await the outcome of what is sure to be a historic match in African football.

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