Nigeria’s Madu Ndidi Among 10 Women’s Champions League Referees

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A Nigerian, Madu Ndidi is among the 10 referees named by CAF for the second edition of the CAF Women’s Champions League holding in Morocco in about two weeks time.

That is the high point of the 29 match officials including assistant referees and those to be in VAR control rooms.

In all, the match officials are drawn from 23 countries of which Nigeria has only one.

A breakdown shows that Morocco will produce four match officials. This is followed by Egypt which has three match officials,  

The tournament scheduled from 30 October to 13 November in the cities of Rabat and Marrakech, will see the technical contribution of 10 referees, 12 assistant referees and seven video referees.

The selected referees are from 23 nationalities – giving a good spread across the continent.

CAF Head of Refereeing and Football Technology, Désiré Noumandiez Doué said: “Relying on the quality and experience of the referees is essential to ensure a successful competition, especially after the resounding success and excitement during WAFCON 2022. Before each of our major tournaments, potential referees are regularly monitored physically, technically and medically, both at the country and zone level. This allows us to keep a constant eye on health, fitness, performance and to ensure that each candidate arrives ready to compete.”

He added “In the last 12 months, we have held several workshops, training camps and other interventions focusing specifically on the advancement of women referees in Africa. This has resulted in 230 international women officials evaluated and the best make up the gist of the Women’s Champions League. We are particularly proud of the women referees from Africa who are doing amazing work at FIFA level – from the FIFA Women’s U17 and the group that is preparing for the FIFA World Cup.”

Under the guidance of experienced experts and quality assessors, the selected referees will be training in Morocco from 25 to 29 October.

On the opening day of the 2022 CAF Women’s Champions League, two matches will take place at the Prince Héritier Moulay El Hassan Stadium in Rabat.

Green Buffaloes FC of Zambia will play Determine Girls FC of Liberia at 17h00 local time (16h00 GMT) following by hosts ASFAR of Morocco against Simba Queens SC of Tanzania at 20:00 local time (19:00 GMT).

The final of the tournament will take place at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat and reveal the successor of South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns

Below is the full list of referees:

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