Confederation of African Football (CAF) have appointed Cameroonian referee Alioum Alioum to oversee the opening African Cup of Nations encounter between hosts Egypt and Zimbabwe.
Alioum, 36, and an Air Force Officer in his native Cameroon will steer affairs of the Group A clash that will open the curtains for the 32nd edition of the flagship continental championship. The Cameroonian is vastly experienced in the continental showpiece having officiated at the last four editions of the Africa Cup of Nations – 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2017.
The 36-year-old also officiated several Egypt national team games, including their 3-2 win over Guinea in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers as well as their 1-0 loss to Senegal in the 2015 AFCON qualifiers. He will be assisted by fellow compatriot Evarist Menkouande and Senegalese El Hadji Malick Samba. The fourth official will be Maguette Ndiaye from Senegal.
The match is slated for an 11 PM (EAT) kick off,