JOHANNESBURG – Koman Coulibaly will be back on the job Sunday. Despite reports that he would be ferried out of the country or relieved of his refereeing duties at the World Cup, the referee from Mali will be on the sideline as the fourth official for the Italy-New Zealand game in Nelspruit this afternoon. He will back up the referee Carlos Batres of Guatemala for the Group F encounter.
Coulibaly is the man who stole victory from the Americans, or rescued a tie for the Slovenians, depending on your point of view. His decision to whistle a foul in the Slovenian box against the United States negated Maurice Edu’s apparent go-ahead goal in the 85th minute.