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Ghana get Ivorian referee Desire for crucial Mali game

Published on: 23 January 2013

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)


  • zambia is our toilet hole says:
    January 23, 2013 05:53 am
    Ghana has already won this one.Congo play draw with Niger.Ghana /Mali go through to the second stage.
  • kwame44 says:
    January 23, 2013 04:09 pm
    its not like the referee s goin to wear a ghana lets not be cpmplisent aba wer r ma nigerian friends in here..they have been real quiet ever since their draw..
  • mamadou says:
    January 23, 2013 05:02 pm
    Mali win 2-0,trust me.