The Federation of International Football Association (Fifa) has appointed officials from Madagascar to handle the crucial 2014 World Cup qualifying tie between Nigeria’s Super Eagles and the Flames of Malawi, at the UJ Usuene Stdaium, Calabar.
Fifa has named 29-year-old Hamada el Moussa Nampiandraza as centre referee, while compatriots Velomanana Ferdinand Jinoro, 32 and Jean Thierry Djaonirina, 42, serves as Assistant Referee 1 and 2 respectively, for the encounter.
Seth Jaovanona, 37, who became an international referee last year, has been named Fourth Official for the September 7 match.
Nampiandraza became an international referee in 2010, his compatriots, Jinoro and Djaonirina became an international assistant referees in 2012 and 2009 respectively.
Egyptian Abdul Hamid Radwan will be Referee Assessor as former Ghana international, Anthony Baffoe, is the Match Commissioner.
Patrick Beckles from Barbados, who was Security Officer for the Eagles’ last home game, against Kenya at the same venue in March, retains the position on September 7.
Sitting at the top of the log on nine points, Super Eagles will have to avoid defeat in that encounter to progress into the final play-off round of 2014 Brazil World Cup African qualifying series.
The draw for the final play-off series comes up on 16 September in Cairo.
Cameroon considers as “deplorable” FIFA’s suspension
Cameroon Football Federation (Fecafoot) considers “deplorable” FIFA’s decision to provisionally suspend Cameroon in all competitions.
International Federation (FIFA) has taken this decision, accusing a “government interference” in the Fecafoot work, a week after canceling reelection of Iya Mohammed as president of Cameroon Federation, under the conditions that he is currently arrested for alleged embezzlement funds.
According to FIFA, Cameroon, currently employed in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, can not dispute any international competition “for the duration of suspension,” which will be raised after the establishment of a “normalization committee” composed of representatives from FIFA and the Confederation of African Football (CAF), responsible for “the review of Fecafoot state and the organization of new elections until 31 March 2014, while managing the day to day activities.”
“It is a deplorable situation with serious consequences’, said the communication responsible for FIFA from Fecafoot, Junior Binyam. “This suspension is harmful especially for young people who just want to play football. If a young Cameroonian footballer is requested by a club like Arsenal, will not be able to get there because the Cameroon Federation will not be able to deliver an international transfer certificate from FIFA” Cameroonian official added.
Cameroon currently occupies first place in Group I of WC 2014 qualifiers, African area, with a lead of one point from Libya, which will meet at home, in the last stage, scheduled on September 6.
The winners of the 10 African qualifying groups will then play qualification games for the 5 seats reserved for the continent to the tournament in Brazil.