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AFCON 2023: Egyptian Omar to take charge of Nigeria, South Africa clash in Bouake


The Confederation of African Football has appointed Egyptian official Amin Mohamed Omar as referee for Wednesday’s Africa Cup of Nations semi-final encounter between Nigeria’s Super Eagles and the Bafana Bafana of South Africa.


The match, which will commence at 5pm Cote d’Ivoire time (6pm in Nigeria), will see Omar’s compatriots Mahmoud Kamel Abouelregal and Ahmed Hossam Ibrahim playing the roles of assistant referee 1 and assistant referee 2 respectively, while Sudanese Mahmood Ali Ismail will serve as fourth official.


Attia Essa Amsaaed from Libya will be the reserve assistant referee, with Yacoub Ali Elmi from Djibouti as commissioner and Aboubacar Doumbouya from Guinea as referee assessor.


Three-time champions Nigeria and 1996 champions South Africa face off in their second-ever Africa Cup of Nations semi-final clash at the Stade de la Paix. Their only previous meeting at the same stage, at the National Stadium in Lagos when Nigeria co-hosted the 2000 finals with Ghana, ended 2-0 in favour of Nigeria.


Wednesday’s clash is being billed as the more potentially-explosive of the two semi-finals (hosts Cote d’Ivoire are up against Democratic Republic of Congo), given the pedigree, rivalry and ambition of the two teams.


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