We Shall Begin The Use Of VAR In 2019 AFCON Quarter-finals – CAF

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has put everything in place, to ensure that Video Assistant Referees (VAR), is used from the quarter-finals of the 2019 Africa Cup of NationsAfrica Cup of Nations in other to provide effect and transparent football game for the interest of the viewers.

All though it was gathered that the VAR system was not used in the group stages and Round of 16 fixtures but is said to make it’s debited on Wednesday, July 10, 2019.

First for the last-8 clash between Senegal and Benin, then the subsequent game between Nigeria and South Africa.


In a statement released by Souleyman Waberi, the CAF exco member from Djibouti and chairman of CAF’s referee’s commission, told news men

We are very ready. We have used VAR offline (in test mode) for five games in this tournament, starting with the Egypt vs Uganda match.

“Everything has worked well. Refereeing experts from FIFA have checked things and are satisfied.”

He however revealed that CAF expects to use VAR for the 2020 CHAN from the start of that tournament till the finish line of the games.

The tournament will be hosted by Cameroon, who will also host the 2021 AFCON a year later.

He noted that there plans is to initiate the use of VAR from the first match of the tournament.

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