Confederation of African Football (CAF) has announced a list of 39 referees expected to participate in the 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN) preparation course ahead of the competition scheduled for April in Cameroun.
The CHAN is an equivalent of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) restricted to home-based players from the participating national teams.
Samuel Pwadutakam is the only Nigerian referee shortlisted among the Assistant Referees. He was licensed by FIFA in 2019.
He assisted fellow countryman Adebimpe Quadri Ololade to officiate a 2022 FIFA World Cup preliminary qualifying match between Gambia and Angola in September 2019.
In 2018, no Nigerian referee made the cut as Ferdinand Udoh was dropped from the initial Forty-four (44) referees and assistant referees.
Nigeria’s home-based Eagles failed to pick a ticket for the biennial championship at the expense of Togo. Also, Ivory Coast, Senegal, and Ghana will be absent.
The following countries will partake in the finals: Cameroon (hosts), Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Zambia, Namibia, Togo (debut), Morocco, Zimbabwe, DR Congo, Congo, Tunisia, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Niger, Mali.