Neant ALIOUM (CMR)
Born in 1982, the Cameroon Neant Alioum is an international referee since 2008. Personally, I have never heard of him ahead the tournament, but he showed that he may be regarded as a talent with future.
He got his first match immediately on the first day of the tournament when he was selected to referee Japan’s first match against Jamaica. In matchday 2, he appeared in Group A when the Netherlands met Korea PRK. After two solid perfomances, he was selected to referee again a Japanese match in Group B against Argentina where he sent an Argentinean off with a straight red card due to a similar foul which was red-carded by Shukrallah as well.
Then, his last match followed with a Quarterfinal match between Uruguay and Uzbekistan, Alioum had no bigger problems with it. In all the four matches he refereed he showed good perfomances, especially his assistant referee Djibril Camara from Senegal who caught one’s eyes with very good offside decisions. Nevertheless, there is still room for improvement concerning his positioning and style although that goes without saying with regard to his age.
Matches refereed by Neant Alioum:
Group Stage, 18/06/2011, 18:00 lt, Monterrey: Japan vs. Jamaica (1-0)
Group Stage, 21/06/2011, 15:00 lt, Morelia: Korea PRK vs. Netherlands (1-1)
Group Stage, 24/06/2011, 15:00 lt, Morelia: Japan vs. Argentina (3-1)
Quarterfinal, 03/07/2011, 15:00 lt, Monterrey: Uruguay vs. Uzbekistan (2-0)
Assistant Referee 1: Djibril CAMARA (Senegal)
Assistant Referee 2: Felicien KABANDA (Rwanda)
Marks by Carlos, Maicon and me: M1: 7,3; M2: 7,2; M3: 7,8; M4: 7,2 = 7,4
Card policy: 13 yellows in 4 matches = 3,25/match; 1 red card in 4 matches = 0,25/match
Helder MARTINS DE CARVALHO (ANG)
One-time referee at an African Cup of Nations, Helder Martins de Carvalho gained his first experiences in his mother country Angola last year when he officiated one match (Nigeria-Benin) and was appointed as Fourth Official in the disgraceful semi-final match between Algeria and Egypt.
The 34 years old referee, who is international since 2008, was invited along with the Kenyan Aden Marwa and the South African Zakhele Siwela. This trio was one of the youngest trios of the whole competition.
They were first appointed to referee Uzbekistan vs. New Zealand in Group D, he could not really convince because he was not requested, no bigger situations he could have solved. In Jamaica against France, his next and last match in Mexico, he awarded a harsh penalty to France which they could not turn into a goal. Moreover, he cautioned a Jamaican player with a straight red card after a rude foul. This decision was good, nevertheless, some weaknesses in the evaluation of midfield duels could be observed.
In the K.O. Round, Martins only appeared one time as Fourth Official at Alioum’s side in the Uruguay-Uzbekistan match.
Matches refereed by Helder Martins de Carvalho:
Group Stage, 19/06/2011, 15:00 lt, Torreón: Uzbekistan vs. New Zealand (1-4)
Group Stage, 24/06/2011, 15:00 lt, Monterrey: Jamaica vs. France (1-1)
Assistant Referee 1: Aden MARWA (Kenya)
Assistant Referee 2: Zakhele SIWELA (South Africa)
Marks by Carlos, Maicon and me: M1: 7,0; M2: 7,2= 7,1
Card policy: 7 yellows in 2 matches = 3,5/match; 1 red card in 2 matches = 0,5/match