2021 AFCON Qualifiers: Top African referee Bamlak Tessema to handle Ghana vs. South Africa game next month

Top Ethiopian referee Bamlak Tessema Weyesa has been appointed to handle Ghana’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifications game against South Africa next month.

The Black Stars will face the Bafana Bafana on 25 March 2021 at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.

Tessema will be center referee of the match and will be assisted by compatriots Kindie Mussie and Temesgen Samuel Atango respectively.

The fourth referee is also from Ethiopia in Biruk Yemanabran Kassaun and the Match Commissioner for the fixture is Mohau John Sentso from Lesotho.

The other officials are Namibia’s Titus Haimbii Kunamuene as General Coordinator with Dr. Hergi Diebo from South Africa as the COVID-19 officer.

Ghana top Group C of the qualifications after four rounds with 9 points levelled with South Africa.

Sudan are 3rd on the standings with 6 points whereas Sao Tomé and Principe languish bottom with no single victory.

The 40-year-old started to referee in 2003 and became international FIFA in 2009 with Djibuti vs Somalia in 2010 as his first international match.

He has officiated at all CAF competitions and tournaments including the Africa Cup of Nations, three CAF Champions League finals, CAF Super Cup finals amongst others.

He also officiated the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup quarterfinals game between Kashima Antlers and Chivas Guadalajara.


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