By Albert Akota
The Confederation of African Football has appointed Senegalese Daouda Kebe as Referee for next weekend’s 2015 African Youth Championship qualifying match between the Flying Eagles of Nigeria and Junior Crocodiles of Lesotho.
Kebe, 28, and who became an international referee only last year, will be assisted by compatriots Nouha Bangoura (1st Assistant), El Hadji Abdoul Aziz Gueye (2nd Assistant) and Daouda Gueye (4th Official), at the match that the Nigeria Football Federation has already confirmed for the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna on Saturday, 16th August.
CAF has also appointed well –known Beninoise football administrator, Bruno Arthur Didavi as the Match Commissioner.
Next weekend’s game is the opening leg of a final round qualifying fixture, with the return leg set for the National Stadium, Maseru on the last day of August.
The last round of qualifying will see fourteen teams up in arms for seven spots, to join hosts Senegal at the finals to be played between 8th – 22nd March, 2015.
Apart from Nigeria taking on Lesotho, Malawi will take on Zambia, Cameroon are up against South Africa, Ghana clash with Gabon, Congo ambush Cup holders Egypt, Libya tackle Cote d’Ivoire and Mali will square up with Togo.
Nigeria has won the African Youth Championship six times, in 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 2005 and 2011, and finished runner –up at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 1989 and 2005.