CAF confirm VAR use from quarter-finals of AFCON 2019

CAF confirm VAR use from quarter-finals of AFCON 2019

- CAF have approved the use of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) at the forthcoming 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt

- President of CAF’s Referees Committee, Souleyman Waberi, confirmed this development in Djibouti on Tuesday, April 30

- The 2019 AFCON will hold from June 21 to July 19 in Egypt

Confederation of African Football (CAF) have confirmed the use of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) at the forthcoming 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt.

Speaking in Djibouti on Tuesday, April 30, president of CAF’s Referees Committee, Souleyman Waberi, confirmed this development despite recent knocks about the use of VAR.

The technological piece will be employed as from the quarterfinals during the continent’s football showpiece in Egypt as this summer.

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“VAR at the forthcoming Cup of Nations in Egypt will begin from the quarter-finals of the competition,” Waberi added.

Interestingly, this will be VAR debut during an AFCON tournament, but it is not the first time it will be used in African football.

During the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Morocco, VAR was put on trial from the quarter-final rounds, which enjoyed a huge success which saw CAF resolve to adopt the technology for the finals of the Champions League and Confederation Cup.

The 2019 AFCON will kick-off in Egypt from June 21 to July 19.

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that African football governing body CAF conducted the draws for the 2019 Nations Cup on Friday, April 12, in Egypt.

All the 24 countries that will play at the 2019 African Cup of Nations have known their opponents as host Nation Egypt are in Group A and will face Uganda, DR Congo and Zimbabwe.

Super Eagles of Nigeria have missed the last two editions of the African Cup of Nations, and Gernot Rohr's men fall in Group B where they will face Burundi, Guinea and Madagascar.

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