No Nigerian Referees As FIFA Select 16 African Officials For 2018 World Cup

World football governing body, FIFA has selected 6 African referees and 10 assistant referees to officiate at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

A total of 53 FIFA certified referees took part in the selection process which was based on each referee’s skills and personality as well as their level of understanding of football and ability to read both the game and the various tactics employed by the teams but a total of 36 referees and 63 assistants made the final cut.

According to a statement from FIFA official website, preparatory seminars have been organised for referees and assistant referees, with special focus on fair play, players’ protection and the image of the game, as well as consistency and uniformity.

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