African Cup of Nations - Controversial Coulibaly to ref final

Reuters - Fri, 29 Jan 18:22:00 2010

Koman Coulibaly of Mali will referee the African Cup of Nations final between holders Egypt and Ghana in Luanda.

FOOTBALL Mali referee Koman Coulibaly - 0

The 39-year-old, officiating at his fourth Cup of Nations tournament and on the shortlist for the World Cup in June, has been involved in controversy in the past.

Coulibaly awarded Cameroon a disputed stoppage-time penalty in their final 2006 World Cup qualifier against Egypt in Yaounde that, had they converted, would have taken them through to the finals.

The kick was missed by Pierre Wome and Ivory Coast went to Germany instead.

There is also a Facebook page, set up by angry Tunisian fans, that calls for the referee's removal from FIFA's list following his displays in matches involving their team.

Coulibaly will be assisted by Evarist Menkouande of Cameroon and Morocco's Achik Redouane.


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