The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has revealed that Dahane Beida, hailing from Mauritania, will be at the helm as the centre referee for the climactic showdown of the 2023 TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations, slated to unfold in Abidjan on Sunday.
In a much-anticipated finale, hosts Cote d'Ivoire will lock horns with Nigeria at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, on February 11, 2024.
Aged 32, Dahane Beida is set to officiate this pivotal match, marking his third appearance at this year's TotalEnergies CAF AFCON.
Previously, he took charge of the Egypt versus Mozambique fixture, which culminated in a 2-2 draw during the group stage, as well as the Round of 16 clash where Angola clinched a 3-0 triumph over Namibia.
Supporting Dahane Beida will be Emiliano Dos Santos from Angola and Diana Chicotesha from Zambia, with Morocco's Bouchra Karboubi assuming the role of fourth official.
Mahmoud Ashour from Egypt will assume the responsibility of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR), assisted by Rivet Maria Pakuita from Mauritius.
Beida boasts a wealth of refereeing experience, having officiated matches in prestigious competitions such as the U17 World Cup in New Zealand last year, and the second leg of the final of the TotalEnergies CAF Confederation Cup 2022/23 between USM Alger and Young Africans in Algiers.
He has also presided over encounters in the TotalEnergies CAF Champions League, CAF TotalEnergies Confederation Cup, and the African Football League. Additionally, he played a significant role in last year's African Nations Championship held in Algeria.
With both Nigeria and Cote d'Ivoire vying for glory, Nigeria seeks to clinch its fourth title while Cote d'Ivoire eyes its third championship victory.