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CAMEROONS ALIOUM ALIOUM TO BLOW THE FIRST AFCON 2019 WHISTLE

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BY KUNLE SOLAJA.

Cameroon’s referee, Alioum Alioum  enters the record book as the first man to referee in a 24-team format Africa Cup of Nations.

CAF announced his name as the one to officiate the opening match involving Egypt and Zimbabwe on Friday night.

At 36, Alioum has refereed many matches in the continent including World Cup qualifiers. He had been in charge of many big games since 2010. In 2013 he took charge of the Cairo Derby in CAF Champions League.

He also officiated several Egypt national team games, including their 3-2 win over Guinea in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers as well as their 1-0 loss to Senegal in the 2015 AFCON qualifiers.

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He will be assisted by fellow compatriot Evarist Menkouande and Senegalese El Hadji Malick Samba. The fourth official will be Maguette Ndiaye from Senegal.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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