FIFA names Eritrean referee for Nigeria World Cup qualifier against Namibia

Super Eagles of Nigeria

The game will be played on June 12.

The world football-governing body, FIFA, has named Mensur Maeruf Kherseed of Eritrea as referee for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying match between Nigeria and Namibia. The match is slated for Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek, Namibia, on June 12.

Maeruf Kherseed, 40, became an international referee in 2008. He will be assisted by compatriot Berhe Tesfagiorghis O’Michael, 38, who is Assistant Referee 1, and who became an international assistant referee in 2004.

Hassan Egueh Yacin from Djibouti will be the Assistant Referee 2, with another Eritrean, Luelseghed Ghebremichael, as Fourth Official. Ghebremichael, 41, became an international referee in 2004.

FIFA also appointed Mady Kanoso Bora from Madagascar as Referee Assessor and Abbasi Ssendyowa from Uganda as Match Commissioner.

The match has been slated to kick off at the artificial turf of Sam Nujoma Stadium from 8 p.m. Namibian time.

The game will be the last the Eagles, who are already camped in Germany, will play before the start of the Confederations Cup in Brazil.


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