Botswana Referee to officiate Nigeria, Kenya world cup qualifier

Super Eagles of Nigeria

Super Eagles will return to action on March 23.

World football governing body, FIFA, has named Joshua Bondo of Botswana as the centre referee for the Nigeria-Kenya World Cup qualifying match taking place March 23rd in Calabar, Cross River state.

The first-leg of the 2014 qualifier between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Harambee Stars of Kenya, will be the Super Eagles’ first game as they return to action after lifting the African nations cup in February.

Joshua Bondo is a 35 year old FIFA recognized referee with 6year professional and international experience. He will be assisted by compatriots Meshack Medupi (Assistant Ref. 1), Moemedi Monakwane (Assistant Ref. 2) and Kutlwano Leso (Fourth Official).

Medupi, 37, has been an international assistant referee since 2005 while Monakwane, 36, has served in the same position for three years. Leso, who is also 36, has been an international referee since 2010.

FIFA also appointed Richard Mbaku-Fonjah, Cameroonian, as the referee assessor while the renowned Omar Sey of The Gambia, a former FIFA referee, will serve as Match Commissioner.

Nigerians aim is to pick up three points against the Kenyans in Calabar to maintain the leadership of Group F for the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals, which will take place in Brazil next year.


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