The low rating of Nigerian referees on the continent has again been reflected by the absence of a Nigerian center referee in the list for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations released by CAF on its website on Thursday.
There has new been no Nigerian center referee at the continental showpiece since the 2006 finals in Egypt when Emmanuel Imiere made the cut. There was no Nigerian referee at the 2004 tournament in Tunisia, but there was Chukwudi Chukwujekwu in Mali in 2002 and Olaniyan Olufumi in 2000.
There was however a Nigerian, Abel Baba, named as one of the one of the assistant referees. In 2015 another Nigerian Peter Edibe was an assistant referee. Edibe was also at the 2013, 2012, 2010, and 2008 finals also an assistant referee.
(1) Ghead Grisha (Egypt), (2) Youssef Essrayri (Tunisia), (3) Janny Sikazwe (Zambia), (4) Bakary Papa Gassama (Gambia), (5) Mehdi Abid Charef (Algeria), (6) Daniel Frazer Bennett (South Africa), (7) Eric Arnaud Otogo Castane (Gabon), (8) Alioum Alioum (Cameroon), (9) Joshua Bondo (Botswana), (10) Bamlak Tessema Weyesa (Ethiopia), (11) Mahamadou Keita (Mali), (12) Bernard Camille (Seychelles), (13) Hamada el Moussa Nampiandraza (Madagascar), (14) Redouane Jiyed (Morocco), (15) Lemghaifry Bouchaab (Mauritania), (16) Malang Diedhiou (Senegal), (17) Denis Dembele (Cote d’Ivoire)
(1) Tahssen Abo El Saday Bedyer (Egypt), (2) Anouar Hmila (Tunisia), (3) Aboubacar Doumbouya (Guinea), (4) Abel Baba (Nigeria), (5) Abdelhak Etchiali (Algeria), (6) Zakhele Thusi Siwela (South Africa), (7) Theophile Vinga (Gabon), (8) Evarist Menkouande (Cameroon), (9) Elvis Guy Noupue Nguegoue (Cameroon), (10) Marius Donatien Tan (Cote d’Ivoire), (11) Waleed Ahmed Ali (Sudan), (12) Mohammed Abdallah Ibrahim (Sudan), (13) Arsenio Chadreque Marengula (Mozambique), (14) Jerson Emiliano Dos Santos (Angola), (15) Redouane Achik (Morocco), (16) Jean Claude Birumushahu (Burundi), (17) Yahaya Mahamadou (Niger), (18) Marwa Aden Range (Kenya), (19) Djibril Camara (Senegal), (20) El Hadji Malick Samba (Senegal), (21) Olivier Safari Kabene (Congo DR)