The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system to feature from the quarter-final stage of the 2020 Total African Nations Championship (CHAN), as confirmed by the Confederation of African Football Association (CAF) on Saturday.
In Africa, it has previously been used in tournaments like the Africa Cup of Nations, Champions League, and the Confederations Cup and it’s all over the rest of the World.
With the development coming after the group stage games are concluded, VAR will be used first, in the quarter-final tie between Mali and Congo on Saturday evening.
The CAF Deputy Secretary General Anthony Baffoe who had visited the VAR facilities hailed this year’s match officials for the job well done in the group stages.
“The standard of football in this competition has been very high and this has been complemented by good match officiating,” Baffoe was quoted in a CAF statement.
“Of course there are areas of improvement and with the introduction of VAR in the quarter-finals, this will assist our match officials to make quality decisions.
“As an administration, we are here to provide support. We have highly qualified instructors and people in charge in that space and they are doing a good job,” Baffoe added.
While visiting the VAR facilities, Baffoe met with the tournament’s referees and while speaking on behalf of the match officials, the CAF Refereeing Director Eddy Mallet said he is delighted about the implementation of VAR at CHAN.
“We have been fortunate that CAF has made available the latest technology and training equipment for our match officials during this tournament.”
“This is indicative of the fact that the commitment to bring a professional structure in match officiating is not only lip serving but also a reality,” Mallet said.
It will be the first time the technology is applied in the CHAN tournament after a failed attempt at the 2018 edition in Morocco.