Bamlak to officiate 2018 World Cup Final


Who said Ethiopia will be absent from the 2018 Russia World Cup final? Thanks to international arbiter Bamlak Tessema Weyesa, the tri color is to sail at world’s biggest sport stage.
Bamlak is among the six referees selected from Africa to officiate in the FIFA World Cup. According to a statement from FIFA the selected referees will be attending a two weeklong seminar in the Italian FA (FIGC) technical center Coverciano on April 2018. Following the seminar in Coverciano, the Referee Committee of the world football governing body is set to select Video Assistant Referees. A last and final round preparatory seminar will be given out to the selected referees 10 days prior to the World Cup kickoff in Moscow.
Bamlak had a magnificent 2017 as he went on to officiate a major tournament final when he handled the CAF Total Champions League between 8 times African champions Al Ahly and Moroccan outfit Wydad Casablanca. In 2018, he has officiated CHAN games and he will also be handling the CAF Total Confederations Cup 2nd round qualifier between Zambian side Zanaco and Moroccan outfit Raja Casablanca before heading to Italy.
The 38 year-old down to earth Bamlak, kicked-off his international career in 2009 and the record in his 65 international matches gave him the dream-come-true chance making him the third Ethiopian to officiate at World Cup finals next to Tesfaye G/Eyesus and Lulseged Begashaw.