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Video Assistant Referees to be used at CHAN 2018

This will be the first time video assistant refereeing shall be used at this championship that was started by CAF in 2009.

There are 21 referees, 16 assistant referees and two Video Assistant Referees (VAR).

Algeria has three of the total referees, two referees and one assistant, the most number at the championship.

Ghobal Moustapha and Mehdi Abid Charef are the two Algerian center referees while Mokrane Gourari is the assistant referee.

Most of the celebrated referees on the African continent make the grade.

These include; Zambia’s Janny Sikazwe who officiated at last year’s FIFA Club World Cup final.

Others are Victor Gomes Miguel (South Africa), Malang Diedhiou (Senegal), Ghead Grisha (Egypt), Bakary Papa Gassama (Gambia) and Algeria’s Mehdi Abid Charef among others.

Moroccan Noureddine El Jaafari will be officiating on his home turf.

The quarter finals will be played on the 27th and 28th January 2018 in all the cities. These will be subsequently followed by the semifinals on 31st January, third place playoff match on 3rd February before the final on Sunday, 4th February 2018.

The tournament will be played over three weeks between 12th January and 4th February, 2018.

The CHAN tournament brings together 16 national teams composed of players playing in the national leagues of their respective countries.


Ghobal Moustapha (Algeria), Mehdi Abid Charef (Algeria), Martins De Carvalho (Angola), Pacifique Ndabihawenimana (Burundi), Abou Coulibaly (Cote D’Ivoire), Ibrahim Nour El Din (Egypt), Bamlak Tesema (Ethiopia), Daniel Nii Ayi Larya (Ghana), Hamada Nampiandraza (Madagascar), Mahamadou Keita (Mali), Noureddine El Jaafari (Morocco), Jackson Pavaza (Namibia), Jean Jacque Ndala (Democratic Republic of Congo), Louis Hakizimana (Rwanda), Maguette Ndiaye (Senegal), Victor Gomes Miguel (South Africa), Selmi Sadok (Tunisia), Ghead Grisha (Egypt), Bakary Papa Gassama (Gambia), Malang Diedhiou (Senegal), Janny Sikazwe (Zambia)

Assistant Referees

Mokrane Gourari (Algeria), Seydou Tiama (Burkina Faso), Elvis Noupoue (Cameroon), Soulaiman Amaldine (Comoros), Steven Danilek M. Moyo (Congo), Mahmoud A.K Abouel Regal (Egypt), Berhe Tesfagiorghis (Eritrea), Sidiki Sidibe (Guinea), Gilbert Cheruiyot (Kenya), Souru Phatsoane (Lesotho), Amsaaed Attia (Libya), Moriba Diakite (Mali), Azgaou Lahsen (Morocco), Arsenio Chadreque Maringule (Mozambique), Ibrahim Mohammed Abdallah (Sudan), Yamen Melloulchi (Tunisia)

Video Assistant Referees (VAR)

Jerson Emiliano Dos Santos (Angola) and Range Aden Marwa (Kenya)

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