The Confederation of African Football has appointed Mrs Maniyela Edu Okomo from Equatorial Guinea as Referee for this weekend’s 2016 Olympics qualifying match between the Super Falcons of Nigeria and the Female Eagles of Mali.
Okomo’s compatriots Margarita Engono Abang and Juliana Onva Okomo will serve as 1st and 2nd Assistant Referees, while Mrs Fatou Seye Ndeye from Senegal will serve as Reserve Referee.
Mrs Delly Mankou Elise from Congo Brazzaville will be the Match Commissioner.
The match is the opener to the African qualifying campaign for the Women’s Football Tournament of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and has been brought forward by two weeks as a result of a special appeal by the Nigeria Football Federation.
The NFF had appealed on the ground that the African champions must depart for a training camp in Toronto, Canada by May 19 in order to prepare adequately for the 7th FIFA World Cup finals starting on June 6.
The Mali Football Federation did not object, and CAF gave the go-ahead for the first leg to take place in Abuja on Saturday, with the return in Bamako a week later.