Senegalese referee Badara Sene who officiated the final match of the 1992 African Cup of Nations between Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire has died after short illness.
Considered a “father” by the new generation of referees, Badara Sene died at the age of 75, due to an illness.
Former FIFA referee and former president of the CAF Referees Committee for several years, he was also mayor of the City of Rufisque [2009-2014]. He was at the base of the training of most Senegalese international referees like Falla Ndoye, Badara Diatta, Malang Diedhiou and developed them during their respective careers.
Speaking about the lost of Badara Sene, a former colleague – Malang Diedhiou said Senegal has indeed lost a social and honest man:
“He was someone who loved refereeing all his life and who held several positions of responsibility at the CAF level and in Senegal. He’s an honest referee. But also a very social man. On numerous occasions, he has traveled to provide support to people.”
“I remember a competition in which I had a good match and they wanted to give me another. But I had an injury. He came to see me and to give me his advice. In the end, I listened to his advice and decided not to take this match, because I was not at my best level and it could affect my career.”
Badara Sene was the man in the middle the Elephants of Côte d’Ivoire beat the Black Stars of Ghana 11-10 on penalties to win the CAN 1992 final.