FIFA names 36 refs for World Cup, snubs Nigerians
FIFA has chosen six African officials for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, it was revealed on Thursday, BBC Sport reports. In addition there will also be 10 assistant referees from Africa. The referees are Abid Medhi (Algeria), Diedhiou Malang (Senegal), Gassama Bakary (Guinea), Grisha Ghead (Egypt), Sikawe Janny (Zambia) and Tessema Bamlak (Ethiopia).
The assistant referees are Achik Redouane (Morocco), Ahmed Waleed (Sudan), Birumushahu Claude (Burundi), Camera Djibril (Senegal), Dos Santos Jerson Emiliano (Angola), Etchiali Abdelhak (Algeria), Hmila Anouar (Tunisia), Range Marwa (Kenya), Samba Malick (Senegal) Siwela Zakhele Thusi (South Africa).
There will be no British referee at the World Cup this summer for the first time since 1938. There are also no British officials among the 63 assistant referees selected, while video assistant referees will be chosen from the pool of officials at the tournament.