Mauritania’s Dahane Beida steps into the spotlight as the center referee for the grand finale of the 2023 TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations. At just 32 years old, Beida brings a wealth of experience to the pitch, having officiated crucial matches throughout the tournament.
This highly anticipated final will witness hosts Cote d’Ivoire locking horns with Nigeria at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium in Abidjan. Beida’s journey to this pinnacle moment includes overseeing clashes like Egypt versus Mozambique and Angola against Namibia during the knockout stages.
Assisting him are Emiliano Dos Santos from Angola, Diana Chicotesha from Zambia, and Morocco’s Bouchra Karboubi as the fourth official. The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) duties fall upon Mahmoud Ashour from Egypt, supported by Rivet Maria Pakuita from Mauritius.
Beida’s impressive track record extends beyond the AFCON, having officiated in prestigious tournaments like the U17 World Cup and the CAF Confederation Cup. With both Nigeria and Cote d’Ivoire hungry for victory, Beida’s poised presence promises to uphold the integrity of the game as the continent awaits a thrilling climax to this spectacular tournament.