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CAF To Use VAR At 2019 AFCON In Egypt

CAF has reportedly decided to use the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations tournament set to take place in Egypt from June 19 to July 21, 2019.

This will be the first time in the history of the AFCON that VAR will be used.

The Video Assistant Referee became famous during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

VAR was also used during the finals of the 2018 Total CAF Champions League between Egyptian giants Al Ahly and Esperance of Tunisia.

It was also applied at the 2018 Total CAF Confederation Cup.

During the 2018 World Cup, a total of 335 incidents were checked by the VAR over the course of the group stage, averaging seven per match. Fourteen calls made by referees were changed or overruled after being reviewed by the VAR.

According to FIFA statistics, the VAR system has had a success rate of 99.3 percent, up from the 95 percent of correct calls by referees without VAR.

 

About Ayeni Wale

Olawale Ayeni, is a Media and Communication Arts, Masters in view fellow, a graduate of Theatre Arts from the University of Abuja respectively, has been in journalism right from his school days. He was a sports broadcaster with Osun state Broadcasting Corporation (OSBC). He was Sports Editor, Daily Stream Newspaper before joining Leadership Newspaper as Sports Correspondent. A lover of grassroots sports development and golf. A strong support of Arsenal FC.

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