Cameroonian referee Neant Alioum will be the man in the middle when the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone takes on the Falcons of Jediane of Sudan in Saturday’s 2017 African Cup of Nations Group I qualifiers.
Sierra Leone will host their Sudanese opponent at the Siaka Steven Stadium in Freetown in what is describe a crunch encounter for both sides and due to the significance of the tie, the African football body, CAF decided to name a high profiled official for the match.
The 33-year-old Alioum has been an International ref since 2008 has officiated in the likes of tournaments such as the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
He was the central man during the 2015 Club World Cup opener between Sanfrecce Hiroshima of JPN and Auckland City of New Zealand on 10 December 2015 with Evarist Menkouande as one of his assistant.
He also took charge the 2015 CAF Confederation Cup final return leg tie between Etoile du Sahel take and Orlando Pirates
Neant Alioum has also officiated big matches involving top ranked African squads, he was appointed as the central referee for the Ghana and Tunisia quarter-final match at the 2012 African Cup of Nations and also the 2015 Nations Cup semi-final encounter between Ivory Coast and Congo.
He was one of the CAF referees shortlisted for the Referee of the Year award in 2015 but was edged out by Gambia’s Papa Gassam who scooped the award for the second time in a row.