Afcon 2019: Ethiopian ref Bamlak Tessema handed Ghana vs Cameroon

Experienced Ethiopian referee, Bamlak Tessema Weyesa has been appointed to handle the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations clash between powerhouses Ghana and Cameroon on Saturday.

The second Group F game for both sides is scheduled for 17:00 GMT kickoff at the Ismailia Stadium.

Bamlak Tessema’s most recent engagement involving a Ghanaian side was back in February when Asante Kotoko struggled to hold Sudanese side Al-Hilal to a 1-1 draw at home in the Caf Confederation Cup. This is however his second Black Stars match after the 2-0 win away to Mauritius in the 2017 Afcon qualifiers.

The 38-year-old is a medical researcher, a clinical coordinator and a sociology graduate (2012) from Addis Abeba University. He received Fifa recognition as an international referee in 2009 and has risen to the top level with enviable appointments to the U-17 and U-20 Fifa World Cups in 2017 and 2019 respectively. He was also at the Russia 2018 World Cup.

He is to be assisted on the lines by Mohammed Abdullah Ibrahim and Gilbert Kipkoech Cheruiyot who hail from Sudan and Kenya respectively.

Algeria’s Mustapha Ghorbal is fourth official while Manuel Irenio Lopes Nascimento from Guinea Bissau acts as Match Commissioner.

Titus Haimbili Kunamuene from Namibia is also named General Coordinator for the make or break game for Ghana’s Black Stars.






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