Escobar to officiate Al Ahly’s Club World Cup opener

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Escobar to officiate Al Ahly's Club World Cup opener

- Yasmine El Tohamy - FIFA have named the referee to take charge of Al Ahly’s opening game in the Club World Cup against Al Duhail.

Al Ahly are set to face Al-Duhail in the Club World Cup’s opening game next Thursday, February 4th.

The winner of the encounter set to face European champions Bayern Munich in the semi-finals on February 8th, while the loser will play in the fifth-placed playoffs.

Guatemalan referee Mario Escobar will officiate the Reds’ opening game and will be assisted by compatriot Humberto Panjoj and Nicholas Anderson of Jamaica.

Escobar, 35, has most notably refereed the 2019 Gold Cup between Mexico and USA as well as the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League final.

The fourth official will be Abdelkader Zitouni of French Polynesia, with Argentina’s Mariana de Almeida being the reserve assistant.

Canadian referee Drew Fischer will take charge of VAR and will be assisted Kevin Blom from Luxembourg.

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