Abuja - A Nigerian referee, Saheed Ayeni, has been invited by world football-governing body, FIFA as one of the referees to officiate at this year’s FIFA Futsal World Cup finals in Thailand.
Ayeni, 43, who has been an international futsal referee since 2005, top the pack of four referees invited from Africa for the finals, which will be played from Nov. 1 to Nov. 18.
The other African referees are: Said Kadara from Egypt, Jose Katemo of Angola and Mozambican Eduardo Mahumane.
No fewer than 38 referees from across the various confederations, with one reserve – Kaveepol Kamawitee of Thailand had been selected for the world cup.
Apart from Africa with four referees, the Asia Football Confederation had eight, CONCACAF supplied six, Conmebol produced eight, Oceania had two, while UEFA produced 10.
A circular from FIFA made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) by the NFA in Abuja on Wednesday noted that the designated and confirmed referees for the tournament must arrive in Bangkok on Oct. 26.
It further stated that the referees must be prepared to be at FIFA’s disposal from the day of their arrival in Thailand until Nov. 19, a day after the final match.