CAF Releases List of Referees Ahead of AFCON 2021
CAF’s Referees Committee has appointed 47 referees and assistant referees – including Video Assistant Referees – from 31 countries in the continent.
The 6th edition of the Total African Nations Championship (CHAN) is being held from 16 January to 7 February 2021 in Cameroon.
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Nineteen (19) referees, twenty (20) assistant referees and eight (8) video assistant referees were selected for this first major competition under the COVID-19 era.
A female quartet is integrated into the squad, confirming CAF’s decision to include female referees in men’s competitions. They are central referee Lydia Tafesse Abebe (Ethiopia) and assistant referees Bernadetta Kwimbira (Malawi), Mimisen Lyorhe (Nigeria) and Carine Atezambong Fomo (Cameroon).
The selection of the final group of referees was made on the basis of their physical and athletic skills, as well as their understanding of football including their ability to read the game.
The Total CHAN, Cameroon 2020 opening match between hosts Cameroon and Zimbabwe will take place on 16 January 2021 at Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaoundé at 17:00 GMT.