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No Nigerian Referee For FIFA 2019 Women’s World Cup

No Nigeria referees made it to the list of 27 referees and 48 assistants referees representing 42 different countries that were released on Monday by the Referees Committee for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup which will run from June 7 to July 7 2019.

Three referees and four assistant referees were selected from CAF for the tournament they include: Abebe Lidya Tafesse (Ethiopia), Lengwe Gladys (Zambia) and Mukansanya Salima (Rwanda) as the referees while the assistants are; Kwimbira Bernadetter (Malawi), Njoroge Mary (Kenya), Rakotoza Lidwine (Madagascar),  Victoire Queency (Mauritius).

The duo of Madu Ndidi Patience and Mimisen Agatha Iyorhe who were selected for the just concluded African Women’s Nations Cup in Ghana failed to make the lists.

Recall that no Nigeria male referees or assistant were also involved at the Russia 2018 World Cup.

A statement on FIFA official website reads, “The referees selected for the next FIFA Women’s World Cup, the most important competition in women’s sport, have demonstrated their skills at previous tournaments, including the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Jordan 2016 and Uruguay 2018, as well as the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea in 2016 and this summer in Brittany, France.

“Preparation will continue for the selected match officials between now and the start of France 2019. There will be a number of further preparatory seminars, while the FIFA referee instructors will carry out observation work and provide ongoing support and guidance. Every effort is being made to ensure that the officials will be 100 per cent ready for the big occasion.

“The FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 will be played from 7 June to 7 July in Grenoble, Le Havre, Lyon, Montpellier, Nice, Paris, Reims, Rennes and Valenciennes. The final will take place in Lyon on Sunday, 7 July 2019.

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