The video assistant Referee has been in full use at the quarterfinals of the GMO Foot Intersector Tournament in Burkina Faso.
In a game between CFS FC and CF PAC at the Hypodrome field in Ouagadougou, the VAR was used to detect two fouls, resulting in two red cards for CF PAC, which led to their eminent 0:4 loss to CFS FC.
This innovation from the organizers, introduced in this phase of the competition, aims to revolutionize youth football in the country. Prior to the start of the games, Salifou Guigma, president of the local organizing committee, had emphasized.
“After the group stages, we are going to start the knockout matches, where we are going to call on the VAR, and we are calling on the federal body to look into it. We call out here to say that these are not complicated things; we have seasoned referees who will support us.”
The quarterfinals phase commenced on Saturday, May 20, and will run right up to Tuesday, May 23.
The GMO Foot Intersector Tournament is a youth competition for U20 players that started on the 30th of April and will run right up to the 4th of June.
“This inter-sector tournament, bringing together the juniors of the city of Ouagadougou, is, without a doubt, an important moment that will inevitably contribute to strengthening the relations between our young athletes, who have always lived in fraternity and in symbiosis. Grassroots football makes it possible to form a conscious and fighter youth,” Salifou Guigma explains.
16 local teams from the different districts of Burkina Faso are in competition for a cash prize of two million cfa.
Initiatives as such have been welcomed in Burkina Faso as they help train the next generation of footballers. Just this year, in 2023, the young stallions finished third in the U20 Africa Cup of Nations in Algeria.
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