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by Lesley Ngwa
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  • A Uganda quartet will manage the first-leg game while Namibian dominated officials will be in charge of the second game in Abuja 
  • Cameroon and Nigeria are hoping to end an over a decade absence from the Olympics games via this third round tie
  • Cameroon received a huge setback this Tuesday after Nchout Njoya Ajara was declared unavailable for the tie

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has picked Uganda and Namibia dominated match officials to arbitrate the third round Paris 2024 Olympics qualifier tie pitting the Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon on February 23 and 26 in Douala and Abuja respectively.

kick442.com received grapevine information this Tuesday, February 20 that Uganda’s Sharmirah Nabadda will lead a team of Ugandan quartet of on-field officials.

Nabadda who officiated a number of matches in the last AWCON tournament in Morocco. She has been assigned alongside compatriots Lydia Nantabo, Jane Mutonyi, and Diana Murungi, who will serve as assistant referee 1, assistant referee 2, and fourth official, respectively.

Morocco’s Khadija Rezzag gets the notch as the game’s referee assessor, while Lukusa Kanjinga from the Democratic Republic of Congo will be the match commissioner.

The third round meeting of Nigeria and Cameroon in their quest to secure a ticket in women’s Football in the Paris 2024 Olympic games is a remake of the 2012 games which Cameroon won on post-match penalties to progress to the London games.

Cameroon were dealt a huge blow this Tuesday when deputy skipper Nchout Njoya Ajara was declared unavailable for the game due to an unfinished injury. However the rest of the squad is in camp to prepare for the ever-exciting contest.

Captain Rashedat Ajebade of Nigeria, five-time African footballer of the year Asisat Lamina Oshoala is and co are expected in Cameroon on Wednesday, February 21.

The first-leg game is scheduled for Friday, February 23 at the Bepanda Omnisport stadium in Douala while the return game will happen three days later at the MKO Abiola stadium in Abuja.

Namibia’s Ndemugwanitha Twanyanyukwa will be in charge of that alongside countrywomen, Eveline Augustinus, Olivia Amukuu, and Victoria Shangula as assistant referee 1, assistant referee 2, and fourth official, respectively. Alice Wangari Kimani from Kenya will serve as the referee assessor, while Christine Ziga from Ghana has been appointed match commissioner.

The nine-time African champions, Nigeria are seeking a first appearance at the Women’s Olympic games in 16 years.

Cameroon was the stumbling block via a penalty shootout win in 2012 after which they lost to Equatorial Guinea in the Rio 2016 qualifiers and Cote d’Ivoire in Tokyo while Cameroon is hoping to return to the games for the first time in 12 years.

Coach Jean Baptiste Bisseck’s Cameroon team already missed out the Morocco 2024 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (AWCON) qualifier and will be hoping to make amends via the Nigeria clash while for Nigeria’s coach Randy Waldrum it’s a fitting occasion to announce his comeback and demonstrate the resilience of his team at the last FIFA World Cup wasn’t a fluke.

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