FIFA Snub Nigerian Refs For FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup

The FIFA Referees Committee have selected 15 referees and 30 assistant referees to officiate at the upcoming FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018 with no Nigerian match official making the shortlist.

However, six match officials from Africa will officiate in the tournament to be held in France from 5 to 24 August, according to a statement on CAF’s official website.

Ethiopia’s Lidya Tafesse Abebe and Malawian Gladys Lengwe are the selected referees from Africa, while Bernadettar Kwimbira (Malawi), Mary Njoroge (Kenya), Lidwine Rakotozafinoro (Madagascar) and Victoire Queency are the shortlisted assistant referees.

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Ghana and Nigeria are the two African nations that qualified for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

FIFA had earlier in March ommitted Nigerian referees and assistant referees from the selected 36 referees and 63 assistant referees for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.

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