2026 World Cup Qualifier: FIFA replaces officials for Benin Republic Vs Super Eagles

World-governing football body, FIFA has made changes to the officiating team of the 2026 World Cup qualifying match between Benin Republic and Nigeria which is scheduled for the Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigny in the Ivorian capital on Monday, 10th June 2024.


Ethiopian official Bamlak Tessema Weyesa, who was originally designated as referee for the encounter scheduled to kick off at 4pm has been replaced by Gabonese official Pierre Ghislain Atcho will now be the referee.

Temesgin Samuel Atango and Tigle Gizaw Belachew of Ethiopia have been retained as assistant referee 1 and assistant referee 2 respectively.

Another Ethiopian, Tewodros Mitiku, earlier designated as the fourth official, has been thrown out, replaced by Cameroonian Antoine Max Effa Essouma.

The originally designated referee assessor, match commissioner and security officer retain their places in the Day 4 encounter that comes up only three days after the Super Eagles, Bafana Bafana clash at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo in a matchday three battle.

The match is crucial for the Super Eagles if the team is to qualify for the next World Cup.

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