Egyptian referee crew headed by Amin Omar to officiate AFCON 2023 opener

Mahmoud Elassal , Friday 12 Jan 2024

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has announced that a complete Egyptian referee crew, headed by Amin Omar, will oversee the opening match of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) between hosts Cote d'Ivoire and Guinea-Bissau on Saturday.

Amin Omar
Egyptian referee Amin Omar. (Photo: Al-Ahram)


Cote d'Ivoire is set to host the 34th edition of AFCON from 13 January to 11 February 2024, featuring the participation of 24 teams from across the continent, all vying for the prestigious title.
The Egyptian referee Amin Omar, the leader of the crew, will be supported by assistants Mahmoud Abou El-Regal, Ahmed Hossam Taha, and Mahmoud Maarouf.
Referees Mahmoud Ashour and Mahmoud El-Banna will handle the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) duties.
The 28-year-old Omar earned his FIFA referee status in 2017 and was selected to officiate at the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Brazil.

In December 2023, CAF included seven Egyptian referees in the final list of officials for the Africa Cup of Nations.

Egypt, along with Morocco, boasts the highest representation of referees in the continental competition, with both countries contributing seven referees each.

Algeria closely follows in third place with five referees, while hosts Cote d'Ivoire will have three referees representing them.

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