By Morris Rawal
There are 19 officials, 21 assistant referees, and 12 video assistant referees on the list for the event, which kicks off in Algeria in only two weeks.
The TotalEnergies African Nations Championship (“CHAN”), which was originally slated for 2022, will now take place in Algeria from January 13 to February 4, 2023. Algiers, Constantine, Oran, and Annaba will all be utilized.
As the CAF works to promote female match officials, three of them—Togolese national Vincentia Enyonam Amedome (referee), Cameroonian Carine Atezambong Fomo (assistant referee), and Zambian Diane Chikotesha (assistant referee)—have been nominated for the competition.
“For this competition, we have combined experience with youth – we have a number of up-coming and promising referees. CHAN is a global competition and a great platform for our match officials.”
“As we start a new World Cup cycle, this gives us an opportunity to build. We have AFCON – both men and women in 2024 – and a number of competitions under this cycle. I’m particularly pleased to see more women joining the bigger group,” said CAF’s Head of Refeering, Désiré Noumandiez Doué.
The championship will begin on January 13 at the magnificent Stade de Baraki in the Algerian capital Algiers with a North African rivalry between hosts Algeria and tournament winners Libya.
The center referees’ roster, which also includes Samuel Uwikunda of Rwanda, Mahmood Ali Ismail of Sudan, and Nkounkou Messie Over of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is led by the Algerian Loutfi Bekouassa.
In the 2-1 loss between Zambia and Comoros in the Africa Cup of Nations Qualification match in June of this year, Samuel Uwikunda was at the heart of the controversy.
As other East Africans Pacifique Ndabihawenimana from Burundi and Kenya’s Peter Waweru were listed among the Video Assistant Referees, Dieudonne Mutuyimana, another Rwandan, was selected among the assistant referees.
Since receiving his FIFA badge in 2017, Waweru has overseen a number of CAF Champions League games, Confederation Cup matches, and FIFA World Cup qualification matches. He also officiated at the 2021 AFCON in Cameroon.
Meanwhile, FIFA has confirmed a list of 24 Ugandan referees approved to receive FIFA badges for the calendar year 2023.
The list submitted by FUFA to FIFA comprises 8 Centre Referees and 10 Assistant Referees for eleven-a-side football.
Futsal maintains two slots from this year just like Beach Soccer that will remain with four slots.
The only increment to 24 comes from main football where Uganda has earned another slot, taken by Lucky Razaake Kasalirwe.
Kasalirwe is one of the three new names on the annual list. The other two are assistant referees Timothy Gumisiriza Karusigarira and Elizabeth Nassolo.
The complete list of the 24 Ugandan FIFA Certified Referees 2023;
Male Centre Referees: Mashood Ssali, Ali Sabilla Chelangat, William Oloya, Lucky Razaake Kasalirwe and George Olemu
Male Assistant Referees: Ronald Katenya, Okello Lee, Isa Masembe, Hakim Mulindwa, Emmanuel Okudra, Timothy Gumisiriza Karusigarira
Futsal Referees:Brian Emmy Nsubuga, Isaac Sengendo
Beach Soccer: Ivan Kintu Bayige, Muhammad Ssenteza, Kennedy Kawagga Bazirio and Joel Chote Munyendoh.
Female Centre Referees: Shamirah Nabadda, Habiba Naigaga and Diana Murungi
Female Assistant Referees: Lydia Nantabo Wanyama, Marex Nakitto Nkumbi, Jane MutonyMutonyi and Elizabeth Nassolo