Wednesday Dec 06, 2017. 13:30
Three Senegalese referees have been appointed to officiate at the 2017 FIFA Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.
Malang Diedhiou, Djibril Camara and Malick Samba have been tasked with officiating the opening match, between Al Jazira of UAE and Auckland City of New Zealand.
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According to a statement from the Confederation of African Football, the trio will be on duty in the play-off match for the quarter finals which will take place this evening at the Hazza bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain.
“The appointment of the trio for the opening match is a good sign for African referees and the game in general,” said CAF Refereeing Manager, Eddy Maillet.
“I’m hopeful that they will showcase the rising status of refereeing on the continent to the rest of the world.”
Diedhiou and his compatriots officiated the second leg final of the Confederation Cup 2017 final between SuperSport United from South Africa and DR Congo's TP Mazembe last month.
Meanwhile, the trio follow on the footsteps of Zambian referee, Janny Sikazwe, who handled last year’s final between eventual winners Real Madrid and Kashima Antlers of Japan.