CAF announces 63 match officials for AFCON, only 1 Nigerian picked

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The Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Tuesday released the list of 63 match officials who will officiate at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) slated for Cameroon.

Reports state that the list consists of 24 referees, 31 assistant referees and eight video assistant referees (VARs) from 36 countries.

Only one of the listed officials was however from Nigeria, Samuel Pwadutakam, and he will work as an assistant referee.

Reports state that the tournament, which has Nigeria’s Super Eagles as one of the 24 participating teams, will kick off on Jan. 9 and end on Feb. 6.

The opening match is between hosts Cameroon and Burkina Faso at the Olembe Stadium in Yaounde.

Speaking on the list of match officials, CAF’s Director of Refereeing, Eddy Maillet said: “The match officials were selected based on their experience, skills and current form.”

He disclosed that in recent months, the officials were subjected to several aptitude tests through preparation courses and real competitive matches.

“This is because only the best will officiate at this extraordinary event.”

The CAF official added that the list of officials has two referees from the CONCACAF, the football governing body of North and Central Americas and the Caribbean.

“It is part of our inter-confederation skills exchange programme,” he stated.

Reports state that the woman referee quartet of Salima Mukasanga (Rwanda), Carine Atemzabong (Cameroon), Fatiha Jermoumi (Morocco) and Bouchra Karboubi (Morocco) is on the list.

They were at the 2019 Under-17 AFCON and the 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN).

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All the selected match officials will complete their final preparations in Cameroon the week before the opening game.

They will be closely monitored before and during the competition by a team of technical specialists and instructors.

THE FULL LIST OF MATCH OFFICIALS

REFEREES

Name Country

Mustapha Ghorbal Algeria

Helder Martins De Carvalho Angola

Joshua Bondo Botswana

Pacifique Ndabihawenimana Burundi

Blaise Yuven Ngwa Cameroon

Jean Jacques Ndala Ngambo DR Congo

Amin Mohamed Amin Omar Egypt

Mahmoud El Bana Zakaria Moustafa Egypt

Bamlak Tessema Ethiopia

Gassama Bakary Papa Gambia

Daniel Nii Laryea Ghana

Mario Escobar Guatemala

Peter Waweru Kamaku Kenya

Boubou Traore Mali

Dahane Beida Mauritania

Ahmad Imtehaz Heeralall Mauritius

Jiyed Redouane Morocco

Salima Mukansanga Rwanda

Maguette Ndiaye Senegal

Issa Sy Senegal

Bernard Camille Seychelles

Victor Miguel De Freitas Gomes South Africa

Sadok Selmi Tunisia

Janny Sikazwe Zambia

ASSISTANT REFEREES

Name Country

Etchiali Abdelhak Algeria

Mokrane Gourari Algeria

Jerson Emiliano Dos Santos Angola

Seydou Tiama Burkina Faso

Elvis Guy Noupue Nguengoue Cameroon

Atezambong Fomo Carine Cameroon

Soulaiman Almaldine Comoros

Liban Abdourazak Ahmed Djibouti

Oliver Safari Kabene DR Congo

Mahmoud Ahmed Kamel Abouelregal Egypt

Hossam Ahmed Taha Ibrahim Egypt

Sidibe Sidiki Guinea

Gilbert Cheriyot Kenya

Souru Phatsoane Lesotho

Attia M. Essa Amsaaed Libya

Lionel Hasinjaosoa Andriananteain Madagascar

Azgaou Lahcen Morocco

Akerkad Mustapha Morocco

Jermoumi Fatiha Morocco

Zakaria Brinsi Morocco

Arsenio Maringula Mozambique

Mahamadou Yahaya Niger

Samuel Pwadutakam Nigeria

El Hadji Malick Samba Senegal

Djibril Camara Senegal

James Fredrick Emile Seychelles

Zakhele Thusi Granville Siwela South Africa

Ibrahim Abdalla Mohammed Sudan

Issa Yaya Chad

Hassani Khalil Tunisia

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Dick Okello Uganda

VAR REFEREES

Name Country

Lahlou Benbraham Algeria

Abid Charef Mehdi Algeria

Mahmoud Mohamed Ashour Egypt

Fernando Guerrero Mexico

Adil Zourak Morocco

Bouchra Karboubi Morocco

Samir Guezzaz Morocco

Haythem Guirat Tunisia

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