CAF General Secretary, Veron Mosengo-Omba has congratulated the Africa match officials who have been appointed for the up-coming FIFA Arab Cup.
FIFA released the list of 52 match officials for the competition. The tournament will kick off on Tuesday, 30 November 2021. Amongst the list are eight African officials: two referees, four assistant referees and two video match officials.
All the match officials selected are part of the elite panel of referees on the CAF/FIFA programme.
Mosengo-Omba said: “Improving the standard of match officiating in Africa is one of the priorities of this administration. We would like to congratulate the match officials who have been selected for the FIFA Arab Cup, I know they will make CAF proud. This is a big stage for them to showcase the work that CAF is doing in taking the standard of match officiating to another level. I’m confident that with our programme, we will produce more world class match officials. I take this opportunity to thank FIFA for the wondering collaboration with CAF in supporting and the education of our referees.”
CAF Director of Referees, Eddy Maillet added: “This is a great opportunity for the match officials – to be in Qatar and to adapt to the local conditions and environment as this competitions is happening in same period as the FIFA World Cup next year. The group selected must take advantage of the opportunity. We will be monitoring and we will be taking feedback from the FIFA assessors. We are looking for solid performances from our elite group. The FIFA Arab Cup will also prepare our group for the up-coming TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations next year in January, in Cameroon.”
List of officials: (CAF Match Officials)
Referees: Bakary Gassama (Gambia), Janny Sikazwe (Zambia)
Assistant Referees: Djibril Camara (Senegal), Elvis Nouue (Cameroon), Jerson Dos Santos (Angola), Zakhele Siwela (South Africa)
Video Match Officials: Redouane Jiyed (Morocco), Ibrahim Aly Elsaid (Egypt)