The centre referee for the crucial 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match between Nigeria and Zambia has been revealed.
According to world football’s ruling body FIFA, Joshua Bondo of Botswana will take charge of the game scheduled to take place at the Nest of Champions in Uyo next week Saturday (October 7).
39-year old Bondo, who has been an international arbiter for the past 10 years, will be assisted by his countryman Oamogetse Godisamang. Godisamang, 40, an international assistant referee since year 2010, will serve as Assistant Referee 1 while Souru Phatsoane of Lesotho will serve as Assistant Referee 2. Another Bostwana official in Tielo Mositwane, who has been an international referee since 2013, will be the Fourth Official for the make or mar clash.
Carlos Manuel Neves Henriques (South Africa) will serve as the Referee Assessor while Osama Hassan Ataaelmanan of Sudan would be the Match Commissioner. Ataaelmanan served in the same role for the earlier clash between Nigeria and Cameroon in Uyo, which ended in a 4-0 win for the Super Eagles.
Nigeria could seal a sixth FIFA World Cup appearance if they secure victory against Zambia. Kick-off time for the match is 5pm Nigerian time.