The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) will be used in all 52 matches of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, which kicks off on Sunday in Cameroon.
At the Olembe Stadium in Yaounde, hosts Cameroon will face Burkina Faso to kick off the competition.
On February 6, the 24-team competition’s final match will be held at the same location.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) had previously implemented VAR in the 2019 edition in Egypt, starting in the quarter-finals.
CAF, on the other hand, has now advanced to the point where it is making full use of the innovation, which has earned a worldwide reputation by 2018. READ ALSO: Cameroon 2022: The AFCON Tournament’s Guide And Power Rankings
It is hoped that it will help to improve the image of refereeing in Africa as well as develop world-class match officials.
Sixty-three match officials have been named for the matches, including women referees Salima Mukasanga (Rwanda), Carine Atemzabong (Cameroon), Fatiha Jermoumi (Morocco), and Bouchra Karboubi (Morocco).
There are 24 referees, 31 assistant referees, and eight VARs on the list, representing 36 countries.
As part of an inter-confederation skills exchange program, two referees from CONCACAF are on the roster.