“The appointment of the trio for the opening match is a good sign for African referees and the game in general. I’m hopeful that they will showcase the rising status of refereeing on the continent to the rest of the world,” said CAF Refereeing Manager, Eddy Maillet.
Diedhiou and his compatriots officiated the second leg final of the Total Confederation Cup 2017 between Supersport United (South Africa) and TP Mazembe (DR Congo) on 25 November 2017 in Pretoria. The match ended barren with Mazembe winning the title 2-1 on aggregate.
African referees have been prominent at the FIFA Club World Cup with Zambia’s Janny Sikazwe handling last year’s final between eventual winners, Real Madrid (Spain) and Kashima Antlers.