Ahead of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, Africa’s football governing body, (CAF) has announced a list of 85 referees for a preparatory course. Notably, no Nigerian referees were selected in the shortlist that was released by CAF on Tuesday.
The list consists of center referees, assistant referees, video assistant referees (VAR), technical instructors, physical trainers, VAR technicians, and IT support. Among the countries represented, Egypt and Algeria have the highest number of referees, with three each.
The last edition in Cameroon saw on one Nigerian, Samuel Pwaduta in the list of the 31 assistant referees on duty while there was non in the 24-man list that were at the centre.
Four VAR referees were chosen from Mauritius, South Africa, Morocco, and Egypt, while seven technical instructors and physical trainers were selected from Zimbabwe, Burundi, Cote D’Ivoire, Senegal, Morocco, and Djibouti.
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The Super Eagles of Nigeria will be among the 24 countries competing for the title at the 2023 AFCON finals.
The competition, hosted by Cote d’Ivoire, will take place from January 13 to February 11, 2024.