By Ameenu Shardow
Ivorian DouÃ©Â Noumandiez Desire has been appointed the center referee for the Ghanaâ€™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 SiwelaÂ together withÂ Jean-Claude BirumushahuÂ from Burundi, while Algeriaâ€™sÂ Mohamed BenouzaÂ 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 â€“ 3 of which were straight red.
The Ivorian is one of a few Africanâ€™s on the 52-man shortlist to officiate at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Officials for Ghana vrs Mali game:
Referee:Â DouÃ© Noumandiez Desire (CÃ´te d'Ivoire)
Assistant Referee:Â Songuifolo Yeo (CÃ´te d'Ivoire)
Assistant Referee:Â Jean-Claude BirumushahuÂ (Burundi)
4th Official:Â Mohamed Benouza (Algeria)