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Dahane Beida to officiate Nigeria -Cote d’Ivoire AFCON final match

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The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has announced that Dahane Beida from Mauritania will be the center referee for the final of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, set to be played in Abidjan on Sunday.

The highly anticipated final will see hosts Cote d’Ivoire face off against Nigeria at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, on February 11, 2024.

Dahane Beida, aged 32, will be the on-pitch referee for this crucial match, marking his third appearance at this year’s  AFCON.

Previously, he officiated the match between Egypt and Mozambique, which ended in a 2-2 draw during the group stage, as well as the Round of 16 clash where Angola secured a 3-0 victory over Namibia.

Assisting Dahane Beida will be Emiliano Dos Santos from Angola and Diana Chicotesha from Zambia.
Morocco’s Bouchra Karboubi will serve as the fourth official.

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The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) role will be taken up by Mahmoud Ashour from Egypt, with Rivet Maria Pakuita from Mauritius as the Assistant VAR.

Beida’s extensive refereeing experience includes officiating matches in various prestigious competitions such as the U17 World Cup in New Zealand last year, as well as the second leg of the final of the CAF Confederation Cup 2022/23 between USM Alger and Young Africans in Algiers.

He has also officiated in the  Champions League, CAF  Confederation Cup, and the African Football League.

Additionally, he played a significant role in last year’s African Nations Championship held in Algeria.

Both Nigeria and Cote d’Ivoire are vying for glory, with Nigeria aiming to secure their fourth title and Cote d’Ivoire eyeing their third championship victory.

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-CAF

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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