The International Federation of Football History and Statistics, IFFHS, has ranked Cameroonian international football referee Alioum Sidi Neant the best referee in Africa and the 17th Best in the World .
After officiating the opening match of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations(AFCON) in Egypt between Egypt and Zimbabwe a few months back, the Confederation of African Football, CAF, appointed Alioum Sidi Neant to officiate the finals of the tournament between Senegal and Algeria.
The 2019 AFCON finals between Senegal and Algeria was to be officiated by South African Victor Gomes, but for some reasons the officials of CAF appointed Alioum Sidi to officiate the match.
Despite his young age, the Cameroonian referee has a lot of experience when it comes to African football. He has officiated several big games since 2010, and he was also in charge of the Cairo Derby in the CAF Champions League.
Worthy to note also is that the 36 year-old Alioum became a FIFA referee in 2008, and has participated in 6 different World Cup competitions of different categories, as well as 7 AFCON tournaments among others.
Besides being a referee, Alioum Sidi is an Air Force officer in his country Cameroon.