The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has revealed that Video Assistant Referee (VAR) will be deployed for the upcoming African Cup of Nations in Cameroon. ayokinews.com reports
CAF stated that the innovation applies to the all the 52 matches of the 2021 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) which begins on Sunday, as reported by NAN.
At the Olembe Stadium in Yaounde, the action begins with hosts Cameroon taking on Burkina Faso.
The 24-team competition’s final match will be played on February 6 at the same location.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) had previously implemented VAR in the 2019 edition in Egypt, beginning with the quarter-finals.
CAF, on the other hand, has progressed to the point where it is making full use of the innovation, which has acquired international recognition by 2018.
The VAR is expected to improve the reputation of officiating in Africa while also producing world-class match officials.
The matches will include 63 match officials, including women referees Salima Mukasanga (Rwanda), Carine Atemzabong (Cameroon), Fatiha Jermoumi (Morocco), and Bouchra Karboubi (Morocco).
There are 24 refs, 31 assistant referees, and eight VARs on the list, all of them are from different countries.
As part of an inter-confederation skills exchange program, two CONCACAF referees are on the roster.