As world football governing body FIFA gets set to kick off series of qualifying matches that will culminate in the qualification for the World Cup in Brazil in 2014, five Nigerians have been deployed to help organize some of those matches in the African continent.
CAF General Coordinator and FIFA Match Commissioner Paul Bassey has been appointed as Match Commissioner for the Africa Group A encounter between Central African Republic and Botswana to be held in Bangui on June 2.
Also on duty is former chairman of the Nigeria football federation and member of CAF Nation’s Cup Organising Committee Brigadier General Dominic Oneya who is the Match Commissioner in Bakau as Gambia takes on Morocco in a Group C encounter.
CAF Referee’s instructor and member referee’s committee of the Nigeria Football Federation Emmanuel Obafemi will be in Abidjan as Referee’s inspector to oversee the officials handling the match between Cote D’ivoire and Tanzania in a Group C confrontation on June 2.
In the second day of qualifying matches, as the Super Eagles will be jetting out to Malawi, respected FIFA Technical Adviser on referee matters and consultant to the NFF on refereeing Mr Linus Mba will be off to the Democratic Republic of Congo as Referee’s inspector as the Congolese take on Togo at the Stade De Martyrs in Kinshasha, just as his compatriot Austin Akosa will be expected in Maseru, as Match Commissioner for the match Lesotho versus Sudan, a Group D encounter.
It will be recalled that three weeks ago in preparation for the world cup matches, FIFA held an elite match commissioner’s workshop in Cairo Egypt to fine tune Match Commissioner’s so selected for the onerous task leading to qualifications for the greatest single sport fiesta on earth.
Nigeria is drawn in Group F with Namibia, Malawi and Kenya. While two matches will be played in June this year, hostilities continue next year.