AFCON2019: Video Assistant Referees to be used for Nigeria v South Africa, other matches


The Confederation of African Football (CAF), has put everything in place to ensure that Video Assistant Referees (VAR), are used in the quarter-final games upwards, of the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON).

The technology was not used in the group stages and Round of 16 fixtures.

However, it will make its debut on Wednesday, July 10, during the match between Nigeria v South Africa.

It was first used for the last-8 clash between Senegal v Benin.

Souleyman Waberi, the CAF EXCO member from Djibouti and Chairman of CAF’s Referee Commission, revealed to the BBC, that the Federation is very ready, and has used the VAR offline (in test mode) for five games in this tournament, starting with the Egypt v Uganda match.

Waberi said: “Everything has worked well. Refereeing Experts from FIFA have checked things, and are satisfied.”

Waberi also revealed that CAF expects to use VAR for the 2020 CHAN, from the start of the tournament.

The tournament will be hosted by Cameroon, who will also host the AFCON2021, a year later.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Written by Osaze Isesele.