Tunisian Referee For Liberia, Ivory Coast Clash
By Sylvester Worwee
Tunisian referee, Youssef Srairi has been named to take charge of Liberia’s first leg clash in the second preliminary round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup-Russia qualifier with the Elephants of Ivory Coast.
He will be assisted by fellow countrymen, Mohamed Bitouta and Faouzi Jeridi as assistant 1&2 respectively. Slim Jdidi also from Tunisia will serve as fourth assistant for the tricky encounter preview for the Antoinette Tubman Stadium on Friday, November 13, 2015.
Youssef Srairi is no stranger to the stars studded Ivoirians selection. The Tunisian took charged of the international friendly between Morocco and Ivory Coast played on October 9, 2015, which finished 1-0 in favor of the Elephants.
It was Seydou Doumbia header from a corner in the 59th minute that separated the two sides in the Moroccan city of Agadir.
The no-nonsense referee has issued a record 250 yellow cards and 21 red cards in 67 matches he officiated thus far.
The Match Commissioner November 13 meanwhile comes from Kenya while the Match Assessor is from Senegal.
The Lone Star of Liberia goes into the November 13 encounter seeking it first win against The Ivory Coast at the senior level.
Liberia best result against the Elephants after 13 meetings is three draws, losing 10 times to the reigning African champions.
Nine of the 13 meetings between the Lone Star of Liberia and the Elephants of La Cote D’Ivoire were played on Ivoirians soil, with the last dating back to a little over 20 years.
The two sides last played to 1-1 draw in a friendly encounter on June 16, 1995 in The Ivory Coast.