Caf snubs Nigerian referees for U20 Africa Cup of Nations

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The football ruling body in Africa has announced the list of arbiters to officiate in Zambia with no Nigerian making the cut

Nigerian referees will watch the 2017 U20 Africa Cup of Nations from the television as none of them were picked for the competition billed for Zambia.

According to the list released on the Confederation of African Football website, 26 arbiters were selected from 22 African countries to officiate in the 20th edition of the championship.

Twelve centre referees and 14 assistant referees will handle matches at the eight-nation continental championship scheduled to hold from 26 February – 12 March 2017.

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Levy Mwanawasa Stadium, Ndola and the National Heroes Stadium will host games in the competition, with hosts Zambia facing Guinea in the opening game on February 26.

The top four teams will qualify for the 2017 Fifa U20 World Cup in South Korea.  Nigeria failed to qualify after surrendering the ticket to Sudan in the third round of qualifiers.