Kabanda picked for 2014 World Cup refs
RWANDA’S Fifa/Caf assistant referee Felicien Kabanda has been picked among referees and assistants for the 2014 World Cup by the Fifa Referees Committee meeting in Zurich on Tuesday.
Kabanda has been out nursing a hamstring injury sustained in November, a feat which saw him miss taking charge of the second leg of the African Champions League final between hosts and holders Al Ahly of Egypt and South Africa’s Orlando Pirates; Fifa World cup play-off match between hosts Nigeria and Ethiopia and Fifa Club World Cup finals that kicks off in December in Morocco.
However, following his quick recovery, the 42-year old has been picked in the trio of Gambian referee Bakary Papa and another assistant referee from Cameroon Evarist Menkounde.
The Fifa Referees Committee announced the list which comprises 25 referee trios and eight support duos representing 43 different countries for the Mundial.
“The referees selected for the World Cup in Brazil have been chosen based especially on their personality and their quality in football understanding by being able to read the game and the teams’ tactical approaches towards each game,” stated Fifa.
Nine African officials made it in the referees section with four others making it to the support category.
Europe provides nine of the 25 officiating teams, South America has five, Asia four, Africa and the Concacaf region three each and Oceania one.
The youngest referee chosen is 33-year-old Wilmar Roldan of Colombia, and the oldest is 43-year-old Noumandiez Doue of Ivory Coast.
“FIFA has implemented a comprehensive program to ensure that the referees for its flagship competition are in peak condition,” the governing body said in a statement.
A referee and his assistants can still be dropped from duty if they fail a fitness test before the June 12 kickoff.
The selected referees and assistant referees will be followed and monitored regularly during this period, and FIFA is ready to give them all the support they need so that they can prepare for this important World Cup in the best possible manner.
Just as it did for the 32 participating teams, the road to the 2014 FIFA World Cup began for an initial group of 52 trios of referees from all over the world in September 2011 when FIFA took the important decision to create a refereeing project.
One of the key objectives was match control and consequently to prepare this group of prospective referees for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
The referees selected for the World Cup in Brazil have been chosen based especially on their personality and their quality in football understanding by being able to read the game and the teams’ tactical approaches towards each game.
The Full African list:
Referee Doue Noumandiez Desire [Cote d'Ivoire], Assistant 1 Yeo Songuifolo [Cote d'Ivoire], Assistant 2 Birumushahu Jean Claude [Burundi]
Referee Gassama Bakary Papa [Gambia], Assistant 1 Menkouande Evarist [Cameroon], Assistant 2 Kabanda Felicien [Rwanda]
Referee Haimoudi Djamel [Algeria], Assistant 1 Achik Redouane [Morocco], Assistant 2 Etchiali Abdelhak [Algeria]
Referee Alioum Neant [Cameroon], Assistant 1 Camara Djibril [Senegal], Referee Bennett Daniel Frazer [South Africa], Assistant 1 Range Marwa [Kenya]