2022 World Cup: No Ghanaian referee as FIFA selects six Top African referees for tournament

There will be no Ghanaian official at the 2022 World Cup to be staged in Qatar this year as FIFA has selected eight referees from Africa.

The biggest soccer mundial will take place in the Asian country between November and December as 32 countries battle it out for the covetous trophy.

The top six referees from Africa have been selected to take part in the 64 games that will be played at the tournament.

In a list released on Thursday, Senegal referee Ndiaye Maguette who officiated Ghana’s World Cup qualifier against South Africa has been included, with 36 referees, 69 assistant referees and 24 video match officials.

Maguette was heavily criticized for awarding the Black Stars a penalty which Andre Ayew made no mistake to convert to hand Ghana a win.

But he was later vindicated by the world football governing body. The 35-year-old is set for his first World Cup tournament after making the final list.

Aside Ndiaye Maguette, other African referees that made the list include, Bakary Gassama from Gambia, Mustapha Ghorbal from Algeria, Salima Mukansanga from Rwanda, Victor Gomez from South Africa, Janny Sikazwe from Zambia.

Only two of the aforementioned names have officiated at the World Cup tournament, that is Gassama (2014) and Sikazwe (2018).

Also, eight assistant referees were included on the list making it fourteen officials from Africa.

Africa will be represented by Ghana, Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia and Cameroon.

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