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The North African becomes the first official from CAF to handle a third place match at the World Cup

Algerian referee Djamel Haimoudi will handle the World Cup third place match between Brazil and the Netherlands on Saturday night.

The 43-year-old was in charge of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations final match between Nigeria and Burkina in Johannesburg.

The Super Eagles won that encounter 1-0 and goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama attempted to carry the referee on his shoulders at the final whistle out of sheer joy.

Haimoudi has already officiated three matches at the World Cup - the group-stage matches Australia v. Netherlands and Costa Rica v. England as well as Belgium v. USA in the Round of 16.

He will become the first African to handle a third place match in the history of the competition. It will be a fitting close to the competition for Algeria who reached the second round for the first time in Brazil.

Haimoudi will be assisted by Redouane Achik of Morocco and Abdelhak Etchiali from Algeria.

 

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