List of Referees Representing Africa at the FIFA World Cup 2022
FIFA has nominated eight African referees to officiate at the 2022 World Cup, which will be held in Qatar in November and December.
Seven of the eight referees nominated are among the ten officials who officiated the 2022 World Cup Playoffs African Qualifiers in March.
Janny Sikazwe, a well-known Zambian referee who is best known for prematurely raising the whistle twice during Tunisia’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations match against Mali, made reached the list.
During the match, the Tunisian players, who were losing 1-0 and looking for an equalizer, were stunned and enraged when he blew for full-time at 85 minutes, five minutes before regulation time, then again just before 90 minutes. While Mali’s players returned to the field, Tunisia chose not to, and the outcome remains the same.
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Other referees expected to officiate at the FIFA Qatar World Cup 2022 this November are:
- Bamlak Tessema Weyesa (Ethiopia)
- Mustapha Ghorbal (Algeria)
- Jean Jacques Ndala (DR Congo)
- Redouane Jiyed (Morocco)
- Maguette N’diaye (Senegal) and
- Victor Gomes (South Africa)
- Papa Bakary Gassama (Gambia)
The 22nd World Cup will begin on November 21st in Doha, Qatar, and end on December 18th, 2022. However, before the World Cup, the officials are scheduled to undergo intense training with referees from all over the world.
Only Tessema, Gassama, and Sikazwe officiated at the 2018 World Cup, which took place in Russia.
At the tournament, Ghana, Cameroon, Tunisia, Senegal, and Morocco will represent Africa.
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