Afcon 2019: Tunisia’s Youssef Essrayri to officiate Ghana vs Benin

Tunisian Youssef Essrayri has been appointed as the centre referee to take charge of Ghana’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations opener against Benin Tuesday night.

The match kicks off 20:00 GMT.

Essrayri, 42, has officiated two matches involving a Ghana national team since becoming an international referee in 2012.

In his debut year, he oversaw a 3-1 thrashing of the coach Maxwell Konadu-led Black Satellites by Morocco on October 7 in the 2013 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations qualifiers. But the Satellites sailed through having won the first leg 4-1.

Essrayri’s only encounter with the Black Stars ended on a sour note – a 2018 Fifa World Cup home qualifier against Congo in Kumasi. Ghana were held to a 1-1 draw in Kumasi.

Afcon 2019

Youssef Essrayri leads a quartet of officiating officials for the Ghana-Benin Group F encounter at the Ismailia Stadium.

He will have compatriot Yamen Malloulchi as Assistant One while Egypt’s Ahmed Hossameldin Taha Ibrahim acts as Assistant Two.

Amin Mohamed Omar, also from Egypt, will be the fourth official with Manuel Irenio Lopes Nascimento from Guinea Bissau as the Match Commissioner.

General Coordinator for the match is Titus Haimbili Kunamuene from Namibia.





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