May 22, 2017 By Sahr Morris Jnr
The Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) has designated Nigeria quartet to officiate Sierra Leone national team, Leone Stars opening 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifiers against Harambee Stars of Kenya in Freetown on June 10, 2017.
Sierra Leone will host the East Africans at the Siaka Steven Stadium in Freetown and referee, Ferdinand Udoh Aniete, will be at the centre to be assisted by Tejiri Digbori and Abdulmajeed Olaide as Assistant 1&2 respectively.
Born in 1987, Aniete joined the Kwara State Referee Association in 1999 and became a grade one referee in 2005 before he acquired his world football governing body, FIFA-badge in 2013.
Udoh Aniete’s officiated Niger Republic and Burundi and officiated at the 2015 CAF U-17 AFCON. He was the best referee of the 33 referees drawn from all over Africa that took part in the CAF Young Talent Referees Course held in Cairo, Egypt in 2013.
In 2015,he officiated the final match of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Super 4 Pre-season invitational tournament and he recently officiated the Mali vs. Tanzania match at the CAF U-17 AFCON.
Benjamin Ekabatiem Ekabatiem is the fourth official whiles Karim Alem from Morocco will serve as the match commissioner.