By Boris Esono N
Football Writer kick442.com-Cameroon
Three African referees have been selected by FIFA to participate at the upcoming FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020. FIFA has released a list of seven referees and twelve assistant. Another seven video match officials have been selected to operate the VAR system during the tournament.
The FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020 will take place in Doha between February 1 and 11, 2021. The opening game will pit Qatari champions Al Duhail and Auckland City of New Zealand. The final will be played at the Education City Stadium on 11 February.
Three Senegalese Referees Ndiaye Maguette; Kamara Djibril, Samba El Hadji Malick alongside Moroccan Jiyed Redouane (VAR official) have been drafted in to represent Africa at the tournament.
Born in 1986 in Senegal Ndiaye Maguette has a vast load of experience referring at the highest level of football in Africa and the world. He was part of the referees for the Africa Cup of Nations in 2019 and officiated the game between Uganda and Egypt in Group A. the game ended 2-0 in favour of Egypt with Ndiaye producing 3 yellow cards (2 for Uganda and 1 for Egypt) during the game.
Ndiaye also took part at 2019 Under 20 FIFA World Cup refereeing the group stage game between Ukrain U20 and USA U20. He also blew the 1/8 finals between Japan U20 and Korea Republic U20.
Ndiaye has refereed games for the CAF Confederation and Champions League and also took part at the 2018 Africa Nations Championship. He has been refereeing since 2013.
Assistant referee Kamara Djibril (born in 1983) has also been at the game for a long time now. He was an assistant referee at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations. He also featured during the 2018 FIFA World Cup (3 matches) and the 2016 Rio Olympic Games (2 matches).
Assistant referee Samba El Hadji Malick (born in 1979) took part in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games (2 games), 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia (3 games) and various domestic leagues games.
The competition gets underway in Doha from February 1, 2021, with teams such as Auckland City, Qatari champions Al Duhail, CAF Champions League winner Al Ahly, European champions Bayern Munich, AFC champions League winner Ulsan Hyundai, CONCACAF champions Tigres UANL, and the CONMEBOL’s representatives – the South American title winner will be determined by the end of January 2021.
It should be noted that the draw to finalize the pairings for the tournament will take place in Zurich, Switzerland on 19 January.
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