Eagles gets Moroccan ref for Squirrels AFCON clash
Forty-one-year Moroccan arbiter, Redouane Jiyed, will be at the center of things when Nigeria Super Eagles confront The Squirrels of Benin Republic in Saturday’s battle of Port Novo Africa Cup of Nations qualifier after he was named by Confederation of African Football, CAF, to preside over the fixture, Orient Sports reports.
Jiyed, was centre referee in July 2019 when Nigeria defeated South Africa 2-1 at Cairo International Stadium, Egypt in the quarter finals of the 32nd AFCON.
He will be assisted by his compatriots, Lahsen Azgaou (Assistant Referee I), Mostafa Akarkad (Assistant referee II) and Samir Guezzaz (Fourth Official).
Ghana Football Association, GFA, Safety and Security Officer, Julius Ben Emunah will serve as Security Officer with Yameogo Koudougou David from Burkina Faso as the Match Commissioner just as Sylvestre Parfait Aivodji from Benin acts as COVID-19 Officer.
Nigerians will be praying for the Super Eagles to be second time lucky under Jiyed by picking the maximum points on offer in the game to seal their place in the 33rd AFCON tournament billed for Cameroon even with a game to spare.
Irrespective of the eventual outcome of the match against The Squirrels clash, Super Eagles would still have a chance to redeem themselves with the last group fixture against Crocodiles of Lesotho billed for Lagos.
CAF has approved a limited number of spectators into the stadium during the match against Lesotho at the Teslim Balogun Stadium.
With the Eagles making a return to Lagos for the first time in 20 years, NFF top shots are optimistic that the Eagles would enjoy the support of the available fans.