Malian Referee Coulibaly for Sierra Leone qualifier in Ivory Coast


Malian referee Koman Coulibaly will be at the centre stage in Abidjan during Sierra Leone and Ivory Coast African Cup of Nations match day 5 at the Felix Houphouet-Boigny Stadium Friday November 14, 2014.

According to Football Sierra Leone sources the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has indicated that Coulibaly, 44, will lead a team of Malian officials in Abidjan.

Koman Coulibaly will be assisted by Balla Diarra and Moussa Diakité, with the 4th official Ousmane Sidibé all handling the qualifier.

The Malian is one of the respected match officials in Africa and has attended every edition of the Africa Cup of Nations since 2002.

Coulibaly officiated the final of the of 2010 African Cup of Nations between Ghana and Egypt.

Coulibaly is well-known; he was one of the African referees selected for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, Football Sierra Leone learnt.

However, the Malian was punished by FIFA, Coulibaly was heavily criticised for disallowing USA goal after Maurice Edu equalised from Donovan’s free kick in the 86th minute to break a 2-2 tie.

His decision between USA vs. Slovenia at the 2010 World prevented the United States from winning the match.

Meanwhile, Togolese Zoumaro Gnonfame is the Match Commissioner and will be supervised by none other than the Nigerian Bolaji Ojo-Oba Raufu.

Match Officials:
Central Referee: COULIBALY Koman (Mali)
First Assistant : DIARRA Balla (Mali)
Second Assistant : Moussa Diakité (Mali)
Fourth Assistant: Ousmane Sidibé (Mali)
Referee Inspector : Bolaji Ojo-Oba Raufu (Nigeria)
Match Commissioner: Zoumaro Gnonfame (Togo)


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