Nigerian referees not listed on the 2019 AFCON match officials

The Nigerian officials are missing on the list of
match officials to officiate at the 32nd edition
of the African Nations Cup, also known as Total
AFCON 2019, which is to take place in Egypt.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF)
released the list of official from 32 African
countries on Twitter Thursday, exempting
Nigerian officials.
The officials are from Algeria, Angola,
Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Egypt, Ethiopia,
Eritrea, Gambia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali,
Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, RD Congo,
Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, South Africa,
Tunisia, Zambia, Burkina Faso, Chad, Comoros,
Guinea, Lesotho, Libya, Niger, Sudan, Uganda,
and Mozambique.
There is a total of 26 referees and 32 assistant
referees to officiate the 32nd edition of the
AFCON, the first-ever to have 24 African
At the 31st edition of AFCON where Nigerian
team did not qualify, a Nigerian official, Abel
Baba was chosen as one of the match officials.
According to a former match referee, who is
currently a FIFA and CAF referee instructor in
Nigeria, Calistus Chukwujekwu, Nigerian
referees failed their pre-match physical and
match analysis test that should have enlisted
them for this year’s tournaments.