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No Nigerian referees included as CAF release 85-man list for 2023 AFCON

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has released a list of 85 referees for a preparatory course ahead of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) released a list of 85 referees on Tuesday, but no Nigerian referees were included.

The list include centre referees, assistant referees, video assistant referees (VAR), technical instructors, physical trainers, VAR technicians and IT support.

The list includes referees from 43 African countries, with Egypt and Algeria having the highest representation with three referees each. South Africa, Morocco, and Mauritius each have two referees on the list, while the remaining 33 countries have one representative each.

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The preparatory course will be held in Morocco from September 26 to October 1, 2023. The referees will undergo training on the latest refereeing techniques and procedures. They will also be assessed on their fitness and match readiness.

The 2023 AFCON will be held in Ivory Coast from June 23 to July 23, 2023. The tournament will feature 24 teams, including Nigeria.

The exclusion of Nigerian referees from the preparatory course is a major setback for Nigerian football. It raises questions about the quality of refereeing in Nigeria and the country’s commitment to developing its referees.

Nigerian football stakeholders have expressed disappointment and anger at the exclusion of Nigerian referees. They have called on CAF to reconsider its decision and include Nigerian referees in the preparatory course.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has also expressed disappointment at the exclusion of Nigerian referees. The NFF has said that it will write to CAF to seek clarification on the decision.

The exclusion of Nigerian referees from the preparatory course is a major blow to Nigerian football. It is a reminder of the challenges that Nigerian football faces in terms of refereeing. It is also a setback for Nigeria’s hopes of winning the 2023 AFCON.

The NFF and other stakeholders in Nigerian football must work together to address the challenges of refereeing in Nigeria. They must also put in place measures to ensure that Nigerian referees are given the opportunity to develop their skills and reach the highest level.

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