The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has selected Moroccan referee Redouane Jiyed as the center referee for this evening’s 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) round of 16 match between Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions and Nigeria’s Super Eagles.
Jiyed, 44, will referee his second match of the competition this year after refereeing Senegal’s opening 3-0 beating of neighboring The Gambia, in which teenage forward Lamine Camara scored twice.
Jiyed, who joined the FIFA refereeing league in 2009 at the tender age of 29, has a long history of bestowing good fortune upon the Nigerian Super Eagles whenever he officiates a match involving the team.
In July 2019, Jiyed and Lahsine Azgaou, the first assistant referee of the day, officiated the Super Eagles’ 2-1 victory over the Bafana Bafana of South Africa in Cairo, Egypt at the AFCON quarterfinals. Mostafa Akarkad, who officiated the second game that day, will act as the backup assistant referee for today’s match.
On March 27, 2021, Nigeria defeated Benin Republic 1-0 in Porto Novo in an AFCON qualifier, with Jiyed, Azgaou, and Akarkad leading the way. Paul Onuachu, who scored the game’s winning goal after coming off the bench, will also be on the bench tonight.
On March 25, 2022, Jiyed and his team oversaw Nigeria’s Super Eagles vs. Black Stars of Ghana opening leg of the 2022 FIFA World Cup final qualification round at Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi. Before Nigeria lost the second leg due to the away goals rule, the game finished 0-0.
In a related event, Samir Guezzaz, a Moroccan, will serve as the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) for the match between Nigeria and Cameroon. Twenty years after his father, Mohammed, officiated Nigeria’s 2-1 victory over Cameroon in the Tunisia 2004 tournament quarterfinals, young Guezzaz is officiating in his first AFCON.
Cameroon vs. Nigeria is scheduled to take place at the