EFF welcomes Ethiopian international referees
The Ethiopian Football Federation (EFF) has welcomed back international referees Beamlak Tesema, Temesgen Samuel and Lidiya Tafesse following their successful outing during international competitions around the world.
During the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament in Egypt, referee Beamlak Tesema was a match official for four matches while Temsigin Samuel was listed as AFCON assistant referee. Lidia Tafese has also officiated in the 2019 Women World Cup which was held in France.
Beamlak, who has featured in the 2018 Russia World Cup, managed to officiate the AFCON semi- final game between Tunisia and Senegal. It was rumored that Beamlak would also be in charge in the final game between Senegal and Algeria. However, after different news outlets announced of his assignment, CAF appointed Cameron referee Sidi Alioum.
“I had a great time in Cairo and advanced my experience. I managed to officiate four matches and I am happy for that,” Beamlak said during a press conference.
He became one of FIFAs referees in 2009 and was assigned to lead the CECAFA CAF final in 2010. Since then, he has become a regular in officiating CAF Champions League matches, World Cup qualifiers and AFCON tournaments across the continent.
Ethiopian referee Lidiya Tafesse, selected to feature in the 2019 Women World Cup held in France has officiated a fixture between Scotland and Japan.
“To be honest my time in France was very tough. I have faced several challenges. However, due to my readiness, I managed to lead skillfully,” Lidiya Tafesse said.
It can be recalled that Lidiya, with almost ten years of experience, was one of the referees at the last Women’s World Cup in 2015 in Canada.
Nonetheless, another Ethiopian assistant referee Temesgen Samuel also insisted he has received a lot of experience from the 2019 AFCON competition.
However, during a press conference, they claimed that if local tournaments advanced more, many referees will have an opportunity to represent their country in international tournaments.