6 African Referees And 10 Assistant Referees At Russia 2018 World Cup

6 African Referees And 10 Assistant Referees At Russia 2018 World Cup
6 African Referees And 10 Assistant Referees At Russia 2018 World Cup


World cup 2018 came to us with completely new features and officiating system. Lots of technologies such as Goal-line technology and Video assistant referees (VAR) was introduced.

A computer is an idiot machine they said, the technology FIFA introduced brought a level of perfection to football system and it increased the number of referees per match. those technologies are operated and monitored by humans who are referred to as assistant referees.

The FIFA Referees Committee has selected 36 referees and 63 assistant referees, representing 46 different countries, for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™.

Russia world cup kicked off on June 14th, 2018. The choice of the final group of match officials selected to officiate at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ was based on each referee's skills and personality, as well as his level of understanding of football and ability to read both the game and the various tactics employed by teams.

African has been greatly favored during this referee selections. 6 center referees and 10 assistant referees out of the 36 referees and 63 assistant are from Africa. Unfortunately, the giant of African, Nigeria could produce one of the referees or an assistant ref.

During the 2018 FIFA World Cup™, the selected match officials operated in a variety of roles, e.g. referees, assistant referees, fourth officials, reserve assistant referees and video match officials.

The 6 African referees


Abid Charef Mehdi (Algeria)

Diedhiou Malang (Senegal)

Gassama Bakary Papa (Gambia)

Grisha Ghead (Egypt)

Sikazwe Janny (Zambia)

Tessema Weyesa Bamlak (Ethiopia)

The 10 African assistant-referees


Achik Redouane (Morocco)

Ahmed Waleed (Sudan)

Birumushahu Jean-Claude (Burundi)

Camara Djibril (Senegal)

Dos Santos Jerson Emiliano (Angola)

Etchiali Abdelhak (Algeria)

Hmila Anouar (Tunisia)

Range Marwa (Kenya)

Samba El Hadji Malick (Senegal)

Siwela Zakhele Thusi (South Africa)

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Achraf Hakimi Mouh Biography - Wiki, Country, Club, Age, Profile

Achraf Hakimi Mouh was born on 4 November, 1998 in Madrid to parents of Moroccan descent. He is known simply as Achraf, is a professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Morocco national team. Mainly a right-back, he can also play as a central defender.

Achraf joined Real Madrid's youth setup in 2006, from CD Colonia Ofigevi, aged eight. After representing Morocco at under-17 and under-20 levels. Hakimi made his debut for the under-23s on 5 June 2016, in a 1–0 friendly win over Cameroon U23s.

Mouh made his full international debut on 11 October 2016, coming on as a substitute for Fouad Chafik in a 4–0 win against Canada. He scored his first international goal on 1 September 2017, netting the fourth in a 6–0 home routing of Mali.











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Nabil Dirar was born on 25 February, 1986 in Casablanca. He is a Moroccan professional footballer who currently plays as a winger for Turkish club Fenerbahçe and the Morocco national team.

Dirar moved to Belgium in his early teens and began his career at RWD Molenbeek and Saint-Gilloise before moving to Diegem Sport in 2004, where he began his professional career. During his two-year career, he scored 2 goals in 26 appearances.

Nabil holds both Belgian and Moroccan citizenship, making him eligible to play for either national team. After featuring for the Morocco U23, he hinted at playing for the Belgium after being left out of the Morocco squad for the Africa Cup of Nations.

He announced his intention to play for the Belgium national football team after he decided to decline Morocco's offer. However, Dirar was ineligible to play for Belgium due to his appearances for the Moroccan youth squad.



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Badr Benoun was 30 September, 1993 in Casablanca. He is a Moroccan footballer who prefers to play as a defender . He flew in the summer of 2012 from the youth academy of Raja Casablanca.

Benoun made his name internationally famous in 2015 during the Touloun Tournament U23 tournament that was held in France. During that tournament, Morocco reached the final, but lost to France 3-1.

On 2 October 2017 Badr is called by the Hervé Renard,(the national coach of Morocco), for the national team to replace the injured Jawad El Yamiq for the World Cup qualifying against Gabon. In this game he made his debut in the 81st minute, by falling for the injured captain Medhi Benatia.

A few days later, the Moroccan national football team played a friendly game against the South Korean national football team. In this game Benoun made his basic debut for the national team during this friendly match.

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Manuel Marouane da Costa Trindade Senoussi was born on 6 May 1986. He is known as Manuel da Costa, Manuel is a French professional footballer, who has both Portuguese and Moroccan nationalities, and plays as a centre-back for Turkish club Başakşehir. He has previously played for Nancy, PSV, Fiorentina, Sampdoria, West Ham United, Lokomotiv Moscow and Nacional. 

Born in France to parents of Moroccan and Portuguese descent, he played for Portugal Under-21s before switching to play senior international football for Morocco.

Da Costa had never played for Portugal but he was called up for Euro 2008 qualifying matches in October, November 2006 and March 2007. He could have played for France or Morocco but instead joined the Portugal U-21. Although he does not speak fluent Portuguese, Senoussi insisted that he felt Portuguese, and that the country's place in his heart was his reason for choosing Portugal over France.

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