FIFA has shunned Nigerian referees as the 2023 Women’s World Cup beckons.
The football governing body has released the list of officials that will officiate games during the tournament that will be held in Australia and New Zealand from July 20 to August 20, 2023
According to the list, there are 33 referees, 55 assistant referees and 19 video match officials appointed for the mundial with no Nigerian listed.In recent years, FIFA has often shunned Nigerian referees from its tournaments.
FIFA said the referees were appointed based on the officials’ quality and performances delivered at FIFA tournaments as well as at other international and domestic competitions in recent years. For the first time in the history of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, six female VMOs have also been selected.
Kari Seitz, FIFA’s Head of Women Refereeing said that the match officials will continue to receive all necessary support from FIFA as their preparation is paramount.
In January and February, the selected match officials will participate in preparatory seminars in Doha and Montevideo, reviewing and analysing video clips of real match situations and taking part in practical training sessions with players which will be filmed to enable participants to receive instant feedback from instructors. DAILY TRUST