Spotlight of the week – Bamlak Tessema Weyesa

February 4, 2022

Bamlak Tessema Weyesa is a medical researcher, a clinical coordinator, and a sociology graduate from Addis Ababa University. He started to referee in 2003 and became international FIFA in 2009 with Djibouti vs Somalia in 2010 as his first international match.

He became a FIFA referee in 2009. He has acted as a highly active referee during CECAFA Cup 2010 and CECAFA Cup 2011 (4 matches). He handled 5 matches including the Final between Tanzania and Ivory Coast. In 2012, he was also selected for one Champions League match in Tanzania (1st round), and one CAF Confederation Cup in Egypt (2nd round). He has served as a referee at the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, beginning with the first-round match between Djibouti and Namibia. 

Bamlak is a highly praised young referee that has been hailed as Word-Class Referee at AFCON. Fans have repeatedly labeled him to be an icon for other referees to learn from him based on his actions in the recent game between Senegal and Burkina Faso. He officiated the game in a highly professional manner by overturning penalty decisions after evaluating the moment thoroughly. We appreciate Bamlak for becoming an internationally renowned referee and expanding our country’s success horizon.

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