The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology will be used in an African competition for the first time at the African Nations Championship (CHAN) 2018 in Morocco.
According to a statement on the website of Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Tuesday, the usage of the VAR was okayed by the CAF Referees’ Committee at its meeting on Monday in Cairo, Egypt.
The experimentation of the VAR technology will commence from the quarter finals stage of the next year’s tournament.
The statement added that African referees shortlisted for FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 and with previous training in VAR will be called upon for the tournament designed exclusively for footballers playing in their domestic leagues.
“The world expects a lot from the new CAF and particularly from this reconstituted Referees Committee to make significant changes to meet the expectations of our clubs and Member Associations.
“And to silence the critics of refereeing in Africa and be at par with other Confederations,” the chairman of the referee committee, Suleiman Waberi, was quoted to have said in his remark.
The VAR was first tested at the FIFA Club World Cup and was used at the FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia ahead of the 2018 World Cup, and will now be used in Africa early next year.
CHAN is scheduled for January 13 to February 4 in the Moroccan cities of Casablanca, Marrakech, Tangiers and Agadir.
The Nigeria home-based Eagles have been in Group C alongside Libya, Rwanda and Equatorial Guinea.
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