Nigerian referees missing as CAF names 68 match officials for 2023 AFCON 

NO Ngerian referee made the list of 68  officials appointed by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to officiate at the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) coming up in Cote D’Ivoire in January 2024.

A breakdown of the officials shows they comprise 26 centre referees, 30 assistant referees and 12 video assistant referees (VAR).

The ICIR checks reveal that no Nigeria’s official was included in the the list published on CAF website..

At the last edition held in Cameroon in 2021, only one Nigerian, Samuel Pwadutakam, was selected as a match official for the biennial tournament.

Pwadutakam featured as an assistant referee out of the 63 match officials who officiated the tournament.






     

     

    In the CAF referees list published on Friday, Morocco and Egypt have the most representation in the three tiers of officiating.

    Morocco has three of the 26 referees, two of the 30 assistant referees, and two of the 12 VAR officials, totaling seven.

    Similarly, Egypt has three referees, two assistant referees and two VAR officials, totalling seven.

    According to a release by CAF, all selected referees are expected to arrive in Cote D’Ivoire on January 5, for a refresher course, which will be inclusive of physical and theoretical testing of all officials.

     

     

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