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Two Ethiopian referees to attend pre-selection course

As part of African Cup of Nations (AFCON) capacity building, which is scheduled to be held in Egypt, Ethiopian international referees have been selected to attend a pre-selection course scheduled to take place from April 18 to May 5, 2019 in Rabat, Morocco.

Ethiopian international referee Beamlak Tesema and assistant referee Temesgen Samuel will take part in the preparatory course. Twenty seven referees and 29 assistant referees have been selected to attend the pre-selection course. The selected match officials, representing 33 member associations, will take part in the intensive eight day training camp, to decide on the match officials for the final tournament scheduled to take place on June 21 to July 19, 2019 in the Egyptian cities of Alexandria, Cairo, Ismailia and Suez.

Meanwhile, the officials will undergo medical and physical tests besides theoretical and practical sessions under the supervision of experienced CAF instructors. According to CAF’s statement, to be discussed are the amendments to the law of the game, which takes effect starting from June 1, 2019 and will be implemented during the tournament.

Based on CAF’s announcement, Egypt and Tunisia have the biggest number of representatives, five; consisting of three referees and two assistant referees.

Ethiopian referee Beamlak Tesema has been a FIFA official since 2009 and has served during the 2014 World Cup qualifiers. He began his career in 2003 taking charge of the CECAFA Cup final in 2010. Beamlak has been a regular across African international tournaments, taking charge of African Cup of Nation games and World Cup qualifiers.

Furthermore, graduating from Addis Ababa University with a degree in sociology, he is also a medical researcher and a clinical coordinator.