The Confederation of Africa Football has appointed a Nigerian Referee, Abel Baba, to be one of the officiating officials at the African Cup of Nations that will be held in Egypt later this year.
The African Football Governing body released the names of Twenty-seven (27) Referees and Twenty-nine (29) Assistant Referees that have been selected for a preparatory course scheduled for 28 April to 5 May 2019 in Rabat, Morocco, as part of the build-up to the Total Africa Cup of Nations Egypt 2019.
The selected match officials, representing 33 Member Associations, will take part in the intensive eight-day training camp, to decide on the match officials for the final tournament scheduled for 21 June to 19 July in the Egyptian cities of Alexandria, Cairo, Ismailia and Suez.
Whilst in Rabat, the officials will undergo medical and physical test besides theoretical and practical sessions under the supervision of experienced CAF Instructors. Also to be discussed are the amendments to the Laws of the Game, which takes effect 1 Jun 2019, and will be implement during the tournament.
A blend of youth and experience, Egypt and Tunisia have the biggest number of representatives – five (5), consisting of three referees and two assistant referees.
Abel Baba who just arrived from Video Assistant Referee (VAR) course organised by CAF last month is Nigeria most experienced Referee. He has officiated several high profile games within the continent and beyond.