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Moroccan referees for U-17 Conakry cracker

26 October 2012, 08:08

Calabar - The Confederation of African Football has selected Moroccan referees as officials for Nigeria Golden Eaglets and Junior Syli Stars match billed for Conakry, Guinea on Sunday.

Mounir Errahmani, 36, an International referee since 2011 would be at the centre, assisted by Mouhib Abdallah Filali and Mohamed Lahmidi.

This was confirmed in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Calabar on Thursday by Morakinyo Abodunrin, the Eaglets Media Officer.

According to the statement, the fourth referee is Hicham Tiazi while Leonal Vangente from Sao Tome & Principe is to serve as match commissioner.

Meanwhile, the Golden Eaglets Coach, Manu Garba had revealed that his team would approach the match against Guinea "like a World Cup final match".

Garba said the national Under-17 team is battle-hardened for this particular encounter.

"The team is in good form to preserve its streak of 16 successive wins in both friendly and competitive matches. I am sure we can beat Guinea in Conakry.

"Except the first practice match we drew when we were just one week in camp, we have won all other matches and Guinea is not going to be an exemption.

"In fact, we are going to play against Guinea on Sunday as if we’re playing a World Cup final match and by the special grace of Almighty Allah, we are going to come back victorious," he said.  

In a related development, Nigerian referees would be on duty when Burkina Faso host Namibia this weekend.

The first leg in Windhoek ended 2-0 in favour of the boys from Ouagadougou.

The reverse fixture at home would be directly supervised by Nigerian Shina Ogunyamodi as the centre referee.

NAN learnt that Isah Usman and Abel Baba would function as assistant referee one and two, respectively.

Benjamin Odey is the fourth referee while Ivorian Adriouma Kone would be the match commissioner.



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