Abuja - Renowned former Nigerian referee and FIFA technical advisor on refereeing and NFF refereeing consultant, Linus Mba, has been appointed by the world football –governing body, FIFA, as Referee Assessor for the 2018 FIFA World Cup preliminary match between Namibia and The Gambia.
The match will take place in Windhoek, capital of Namibia on October 13.
With both teams set to execute the first leg of the fixture in Banjul two weeks earlier, the match at the Sam Nujoma Stadium, starting 4pm Namibian time, will have Botswanan Joshua Bondo as Referee, with fellow Botswanans Oamogetse Godisamang, Moemedi Godfrey Monakwane and Lekgotia Leonard Johannes as assistant referee 1, assistant referee 2 and fourth official respectively.
Jorge Mario Fernandes from Angola will be the match commissioner, and Nigerian Mba will be the referee assessor.
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Mba, a former FIFA referee, also served in the CAF Referees Committee and is highly -respected globally in the area of referee assessment and training.
Meanwhile, it will be recalled that the world football governing body had earlier selected four Nigerian referees for another 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier between Guinea-Bissau and Liberia on October 13.
The referees selected are: Anietie Ferdinand Udoh (Center Referee)
Assistant Referee 1: Peter Edibi
Assistant Referee 2: Orowole Temitope
Reserve Referee: Benjamin Odey