Referees head to Joburg for VAR training

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Bakang Mhaladi
Gaborone
- With CAF set to introduce Video Assistant Referees (VAR) technology at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, elite referees are heading to Johannesburg, South Africa, for training on the process.
CAF first piloted the VAR project during February 2018 Super Cup final between Wydad Athletic Club of Morocco and DR Congo's TP Mazembe.
Following the successful implementation of the refereeing technology, CAF went ahead and applied VAR during the finals of last season's CAF Champions League and Confederations Cup.

Now the new technology will make its debut at the AFCON finals, scheduled for Egypt in June.

As part of ways to equip referees on the technology, elite match officials will be in Johannesburg from 26 to 30 March for training.

Botswana's top referee, Joshua Bondo is among 19 elite referees, who will attend the training.

Some referees from the region include Angola's Helder Martins De Carvalho, Jackson Pavaza from Namibia, Victor Miguel de Freitas of South African and Janny Sikazwe from Zambia.

Sikazwe made history at the 2018 World Cup when he became the first Zambian to officiate at the global competition.
However, he was provisionally suspended last November by the CAF Disciplinary Board on suspicion of corruption following the way he handled the CAF Champions League match between Esperance and Primeiro de Agosto.
On the list of 22 assistant referees to attend the VAR course are Souru Phatsaone from Lesotho and Mozambique's Arsenio Maringule.

The full list of referees:

Mustapha Ghorbal (Algeria), Helder Martins De Carvalho (Angola), Joshua Bondo (Botswana), Pacifique Ndabihawenimana (Burundi) Alioum Alioum (Cameroon), Mahmoud El Banna (Egypt), Danie Nii Laryea (Ghana), Peter Waweru (Kenya), Redouane Jiyed (Morocco), Noreddine El Jaafari (Morocco), Jackson Pavaza (Namibia), Jean-Jacques Ngambo (DRC), Louis Hakizimana (Rwanda), Bernard Camille (Seychelles), Victor Miguel de Freitas (South Africa), Maguette Ndiaye (Senegal), Sadok Selmi (Tunisia) and Janny Sikazwe (Zambia)

Assistant referees: 

Mokrane Gourari (Algeria), Seydou Tiama (Burkina Faso), Nguegoue Noupue (Cameroon), Evarist Menkouande (Cameroon), Yaya Issa (Chad), Soulaimane Almadine (Comoros), Abouelregal Mahmoud (Egypt), Ahmed Hossam (Egypt), Tesfagirghis Berhe (Eritrea), Samuel Temesgin (Ethiopia), Sidibe Sidiki (Guinea), Gilbert Cheruiyot (Kenya), Souru Phatsoane (Lesotho), Attia Amsaaed (Libya), Lionel Adrianantenaina (Madagascar), Azgaou Lahcen (Morocco), Arsenio Maringule (Mozambique), Mahamadou Yahaya (Niger), Baba Adel (Nigeria), Oliver Safari (DRC), Yamen Mellouchi (Tunisia) and Mark Sonko (Uganda)

 

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