North African refs for Eagles World Cup ties


FIFA has appointed North African officials for the Super Eagles 2022 World Cup qualifiers against Liberia and Cape Verde later this month


This was contained in a statement by the Communications Department of the Nigeria Football Federation on Thursday.

Tunisian referee, Youssef Essrayri, will take charge of the Eagles’ game against the Lone Star at the Grand Stade de Tangier Morocco on September 13, and will be assisted by countrymen, Ismail (assistant referee 1), Youssef Jami (assistant referee 2), and Mehrez Melki (fourth official).

Former FIFA referee Seli Zinko from Ivory Coast is the referee assessor, while Sierra Leonean Sullay Kamara is match commissioner and Morrocan Bilal Mohamed Rida the medical officer.

For the last group match against Cape Verde, Algerian referee Mustapha Ghorbal will serve as the centre referee. He will be assisted by Mokrane Gourari (assistant referee 1), Abbes Akram Zerhouni (assistant referee 2), and Lahlou Benbraham (fourth official) who are also all from Algeria.

The match commissioner of the game billed for the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos on November 16 is Sierra Leonean Kai Saquee, while Ivorian Nomandiez Doue and Dr. Abdulrahim Onimisi Salami from Nigeria will serve as referee assessor and medical officer respectively.

The Eagles lead Group C with nine points, two ahead of second-place Cape Verde. (Punch)

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