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FIFA changes referee for Benin vs Super Eagles World Cup clash



WORLD football governing body FIFA has made changes to the officiating team, including the referee, for the 2026 World Cup qualifier between Benin Republic and Nigeria’s Super Eagles scheduled for the Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigny in Abijdan, Cote d’Ivoire on June 10.

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Bamlak Tessema Weyesa, who was originally designated as the referee for the encounter scheduled to kick off at 4pm, has been replaced by Gabonese official Pierre Ghislain Atcho.

Weyesa’s compatriots Temesgin Samuel Atango and Tigle Gizaw Belachew have been retained as assistant referee 1 and assistant referee 2 respectively.

However, another Ethiopian, Tewodros Mitiku, earlier named as fourth official, has been replaced by Cameroonian Antoine Max Effa Essouma.

The originally-designated referee assessor, match commissioner and security officer retain their places in the Matchday 4 encounter that comes up only three days after the Super Eagles host South Africa’s Bafana Bafana clash at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo.

The Super Eagles need to win both matches in June to stay in contention for a World Cup ticket after drawing their first two fixtures against Lesotho and Zimbabwe.

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