Ghana get Ivorian referee Desire for crucial Mali game
By Ameenu Shardow
Ivorian Doué Noumandiez Desire has been appointed the center referee for the Ghana’s game against Mali on Thursday.
The 42-year-old will be the man in the center and will be assisted by his compatriot Zakhele Thusi Siwela together with Jean-Claude Birumushahu from Burundi, while Algeria’s Mohamed Benouza will be the fourth official.
Desire, a pharmacist by profession comes in with a high pedigree haven officiated 29 official CAF matches since taking up refereeing in 2004.
He has dished out 125 yellow cards, 7 red cards – 3 of which were straight red.
The Ivorian is one of a few African’s on the 52-man shortlist to officiate at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Officials for Ghana vrs Mali game:
Referee: Doué Noumandiez Desire (Côte d’Ivoire)
Assistant Referee: Songuifolo Yeo (Côte d’Ivoire)
Assistant Referee: Jean-Claude Birumushahu (Burundi)
4th Official: Mohamed Benouza (Algeria)