6 African Referees And 10 Assistant Referees At Russia 2018 World Cup
World cup 2018 came to us with completely new features and officiating system. Lots of technologies such as Goal-line technology and Video assistant referees (VAR) was introduced.
A computer is an idiot machine they said, the technology FIFA introduced brought a level of perfection to the football system and it increased the number of referees per match. those technologies are operated and monitored by humans who are referred to as assistant referees.
The FIFA Referees Committee selected 36 referees and 63 assistant referees, representing 46 different countries, for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™.
Russia world cup kicked off on June 14th, 2018. The choice of the final group of match officials selected to officiate at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ was based on each referee’s skills and personality, as well as his level of understanding of football and ability to read both the game and the various tactics employed by teams.
African has been greatly favored during this referee selections. 6 center referees and 10 assistant referees out of the 36 referees and 63 assistant are from Africa. Unfortunately, the giant of African, Nigeria could produce one of the referees or an assistant ref.
During the 2018 FIFA World Cup™, the selected match officials operated in a variety of roles, e.g. referees, assistant referees, fourth officials, reserve assistant referees and video match officials.
The 6 African referees
Abid Charef Mehdi (Algeria)
Diedhiou Malang (Senegal)
Gassama Bakary Papa (Gambia)
Grisha Ghead (Egypt)
Sikazwe Janny (Zambia)
Tessema Weyesa Bamlak (Ethiopia)
The 10 African assistant-referees
Achik Redouane (Morocco)
Ahmed Waleed (Sudan)
Birumushahu Jean-Claude (Burundi)
Camara Djibril (Senegal)
Dos Santos Jerson Emiliano (Angola)
Etchiali Abdelhak (Algeria)
Hmila Anouar (Tunisia)
Range Marwa (Kenya)
Samba El Hadji Malick (Senegal)
Siwela Zakhele Thusi (South Africa)