The Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) has appointed Cameroonian referee Neant Alioum to handle the inaugural match between host nation Egypt and Zimbabwe at the Cairo International Stadium on Friday, June 21, at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).
Alioum, 36, and an Air Force Officer in his indigenous country Cameroon, would steer affairs of the Group A clash that would open the 32nd edition of the flagship continental championship in Egypt .
He is one of the most experienced referees on the elite panel of match officials having officiated at the last four editions of the African Cup of Nations – 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2017 respectively .
Alioum is a regular face on the continent, who officiated in the 2014 Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) World Cup in Brazil in 2014.
His assistants would be Evarist Menkouande (Cameroon) and El Hadji Malick Samba (Senegal).
Menkouande is amongst the oldest at the tournament. He has officiated at every edition of the two-year showpiece since 2008, making it seven editions in a row.
Samba, who turns 40 next September, was at the finals in 2013, 2015 and 2017.
The fourth official is Maguette Ndiaye, also from Senegal.