Russia 2018 | Match Officials Announced as Bamlak Tessema Included

The FIFA Referee Committee has selected referees and assistant referees for the upcoming World Cup in Russia. Ethiopian arbiter Bamlak Tessema has ultimately managed to make it to the final cut.

Bamlak is among the six referees selected from Africa to officiate in the FIFA World Cup. According to a statement from FIFA the selected referees will be attending a two weeks long seminar in Italian FA (FIGC) technical center Coverciano on April 2018. Following the seminar in Coverciano, the Referee Committee of the world football governing body is set to select referees that will be Video Assistants Referees. A last and final round preparatory seminar will be given out to the selected referees 10 days prior to the World Cup kickoff in Moscow.

Bamlak had a magnificent 2017 as he went on to officiate a major tournament final when he handled the CAF Total Champions League between 8 times African champions Al Ahly and Moroccan outfit Wydad Casablanca. In 2018, he has officiated CHAN games and he will also be handling the CAF Total Confederations Cup 2nd round qualifier between Zambian side Zanaco and Moroccan outfit Raja Casablanca before heading to Italy.

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