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CHAN: Again Nigerian referees missing

The African Nations Championship (CHAN) has just over two few weeks to go before the opening match with the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) on Wednesday released the list of match officials for the compe­tition with no Nigerian referee on the list.

The list includes 19 Referees, 21 Assistant Referees and 12 Vid­eo Assistant Referees (VAR) rep­resenting 32 of CAF’s Member Associations.

In keeping with its policy of promoting women’s referee­ing, CAF has appointed three women match officials: Referee Vincentia E. Amedone (Togo) and Assistant Referees Carine Atezambong Fomo (Cameroon) and Diane Chikotesha (Zambia).

The competition was initially scheduled for 2022, but the TotalEnergies CHAN will now take place from January 13 to February 4, 2023 in Algeria.

Four cities will be used: Algiers, Con­stantine, Oran and Annaba.

CAF Head of Refeering, Dé­siré Noumandiez Doué said: “For this competition, we have com­bined experience with youth, we have a number of up-coming and promising referees”.

CHAN is a global competi­tion and a great platform for our match officials. As we start a new World Cup cycle, this gives us an opportunity to build”.

The North African derby between hosts Algeria and 2014 tournament winners Libya will set the tone for the opening day.

Writing by Tersoo Nicholas; Editing by Julian Osamoto