Russia 2018: FIFA picks African officials, snubs Nigerian referees, assistants

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Nigerian football referees have no place as FIFA chose six African match officials for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

This was revealed on Thursday.

The world football governing body also selected additional 10 assistant referees from Africa.

The referees are Abid Medhi (Algeria ), Diedhiou Malang (Senegal), Gassama Bakary (Guinea), Grisha Ghead (Egypt ), Sikawe Janny (Zambia) and Tessema Bamlak (Ethiopia).

The assistant referees are Achik Redouane (Morocco ), Ahmed Waleed (Sudan ), Birumushahu Claude (Burundi), Camera Djibril (Senegal), Dos Santos Jerson Emiliano (Angola ), Etchiali Abdelhak (Algeria), Hmila Anouar (Tunisia), Range Marwa (Kenya ), Samba Malick (Senegal) Siwela Zakhele Thusi (South Africa).

The Video Assistant Referee, VAR, will be used at the World Cup for the first time.



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