In the run-up to the final draw of the 2018 World Cup, scheduled for December 1, FIFA unveiled the list of 36 preselected referees to officiate during the competition.
In the list, revealed by the Belga agency, are 6 Africans: Mehdi Abid Charef (Algeria), Malang Diedhiou (Senegal), Bakary Gassama (Gambia), Ghead Grisha (Egypt), Janny Sikazwe (Zambia) and Bamlak Tessema ( Ethiopia).
There is on Rwandan referee shortlisted this time.
Among this list, only Gassama was already one of the five African referees present in Brazil in 2014.
The 36 preselected referees are expected in Abu Dhabi from 25 to 29 November to participate in a preparation seminar including physical and theoretical tests.
The pre-selection (36):
– Asia (6): Fahad Al Mirdasi (ASa), Alireza Faghani (Irn), Ravshan Irmatov (Ouz), Mohamed Mohamed (UAE), Ryuji Sato (Jap), Nawaf Shukralla (Bhr)
– Africa (6): Mehdi Abid Charef (Alg), Malang Diedhiou (Sen), Bakary Gassama (Gam), Ghead Grisha (Egy), Janny Sikazwe (Zam), Bamlak Tessema (Eth)
– Oceania (2): Mattew Conger (N-Z), Norbert Hauata (Tah)
– North and Central America (6): Joel Aguilar (Sal), Mark Geiger (USA), Jair Marrufo (USA), Ricardo Montero (C-R), John Piiti (Pan), César Ramos (Mex)
– South America (6): Julio Bascunan (Chi), Enrique Caceres (Par), Andres Cunha (Uru), Nestor Pitana (Arg), Sandro Ricci (Br), Wilmar Roldan (Col)
– Europe (10): Felix Brych (All), Cüneyt Çakir (Tur), Sergey Karasev (Rus), Björn Kuipers (PB), Antonio Mateu Lahoz (Spain), Szymon Marciniak (Pol), Milorad Mazic (Ser), Gianluca Rocchi (Ita), Damir Skomina (Sln), Clement Turpin (Fra).