We all know that Mohamed Benouza had not much luck in his referee career. Even though he participated in many youth tournaments, the fact that one of this assistant referees failed the fitness tests ahead the 2010 FIFA World Cup so that he was not allowed to join the competition underlines this impression. I had known another Benouza than I saw yesterday. I am a bit disappointed honestly speaking as I expected much more from an almost-WC-ref. In this match, Benouza was assisted by Jean-Claude Birumushahu, Abdelhak Etchiali and Ghead Grisha.
45 minutes without any goal opportunity, without football quality. Bad, really bad and boring to watch. But then Angola scored and this was a goal the match benefited a lot from.
There was one crucial moment in the 20th minute. There was a good pass from a Burkina Faso midfielder to a striker who - according to AR2 Abdelhak Etchiali - was in a close offside position. It was really very close, such a situation that cannot be evaluated by the human eye as the situation was far away from Etchiali, but finally, it was a wrong decision, it was level. The problem for the team is that it was no bog-standard-offside-decision, the striker Pitroipa who received the pass was immediately fouled by a defender. It must have been a penalty and perhaps even red, but rather a yellow card.
He missed a clear red card for a violent conduct committed by Bakary Koné (Burkina Faso), a hit on the shoulder of his opponent, he must be off in 90+3.
He was very hectical, pedantic and liked it to be in the focus of the TV camera. I do not know whether it is his normal style and intention, but at least that was the effect of his moves and so on. The yellows were overall ok. Ghead Grisha made us the gift of 6 added minutes, it was adequate due to a large amount of smaller interruptions and an Angolan team who wasted a lot of time so that Benouza correctly issued a yellow card against the goalie in the very last minute due to one of the many ridiculous actions. Is Haimoudi the better Algerian? After yesterday, they are on the same bad level. I hope Benouza can get another match to show that he has not lost all his qualities.