Ivorian Ref. To Handle Ghana – Egypt Match

DoueIvorian referee Doué Noumandiez Desiré will take charge of Egypt’s World Cup qualifier against Ghana on November 19.

The 43-year-old pharmacist will be assisted on the lines by compatriot Songuifolo Yeo and Burundian Jean-Claude Birumushahu.

The trio took charge of the Black Stars 2014 Africa Cup of Nations group game against Mali in South Africa in January this year.
The experienced Ivorian man was voted CAF Referee of the Year in 2011 and one of just a few of Africans on FIFA’s  list of referees for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Morocco’s top referee El Ahrach was in charge when the Ghanaians walloped their opponent 6-1 in the first leg in Kumasi last month.
Meanwhile,Egypt are reported to be considering Dubai and Morocco as alternative venue for their clash against Ghana, Egypt FA insiders have told GHANASoccernet.com

This was after FIFA president Sepp Blatter said they were assessing the situation in the North African country. There has been political and social unrest in Egypt since President Mohamed Morsi was overthrown by the military.

But Egyptian authorities, led by Sports Minister Taher Abou-Zeid, have repeatedly insisted that security will be at a high level at the military-run Air Defense Stadium.

However, Ghana’s Sports Minister has requested a meeting with FIFA officials in Zurich over the safety of the Black Stars and fans that will be travelling to the Egyptian capital on 19 November.

The Pharaohs played all three home matches during the Group stage in El Gouna (Guinea) and Alexandria (Zimbabwe and Mozambique).
Egypt face a difficult task to overturn a 6-1 first leg deficit to realize the dream of a first World Cup finals appearance since 1990.

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