In the heart of Uyo, the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium buzzed with excitement as it prepared for a crucial Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between Nigeria and Sao Tome and Principe. Algerian referees, led by seasoned official Lahlou Benbraham, were entrusted with officiating this high-stakes match, with compatriots Brahim El Hamlaoui Sid Ali and Mohammed Serradj as Assistant Referees, and Nabil Boukhalfa as the Fourth Official.
CAF appointed Ghana’s Prosper Addo as the Match Commissioner, ensuring a well-organized game. Togolese Komi Konyoh took on the role of Referee Assessor, evaluating the officiating team’s performance.
Nigeria’s Ozoemena Joseph served as the General Match Coordinator, overseeing various aspects of the match’s logistics.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria prepared diligently for the game, eager to secure their spot in the Africa Cup of Nations. Meanwhile, the Falcons of Sao Tome and Principe were determined to make their mark in their last chance at the AFCON qualifiers.
With the stage set and referees in place, the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium awaited the clash of these two teams, and the fate of their AFCON dreams hung in the balance. The stage was set for a thrilling encounter on that Sunday evening, with fans, players, and officials all ready for a memorable showdown in Uyo.