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Atezambong Carine drafted for 2023 U-17 FIFA  World Cup

by Lesley Ngwa
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  • The 2023 U-17 FIFA World Cup will be her 11th international tournament
  • She has featured at the CHAN, CAF Champions League, FIFA World Cup, AFCON among others
  • Carine was the only Cameroonian Referee at the last Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand 

Cameroon’s Atezambong Carine Fomo has been included on the list of nine referees from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) selected for the 2023 men’s U-17 FIFA World Cup.

Carine, assistant Referee in the recent CAF Super Cup alongside Pierre Atcho of Gabon, who starred at the CHAN 2022 final are joined by Beida Dahane of Mauritania among others.

The FIFA Referees Committee announced the 18 referees and 36 assistant referees for the forthcoming tournament in Indonesia this Wednesday.

In a new development, 18 video match officials have been picked for the tournament.

“We are looking forward to the first-ever FIFA tournament to be played in Indonesia as this will be a key tournament for our team of referees. Refereeing will also be part of the overall legacy that the U-17 World Cup will leave on the country,” said the chairman of the FIFA Referees Committee Pierluigi Collina.

Overseen by the FIFA Refereeing Subdivision, the officials’ preparations for this important youth competition will focus on a wide range of topics, such as their reading and understanding of the game, teamwork, and the importance of obtaining the best position or angle – being in the right place at the right time – to make the correct decision.

“Our FIFA Refereeing philosophy is key to the officials’ performance and therefore we aim to achieve consistency and uniformity across the game. For FIFA, it is essential to ensure that the best match officials from all around the world are selected for FIFA competitions,” said FIFA’s Director of Refereeing Massimo Busacca.

The selected match officials will participate a few days training before the tournament kick-off. In the final preparation seminar, they will be reviewing and analysing video clips of real-match situations, and taking part in practical training sessions with players, which will be filmed to enable participants to receive instant feedback from the instructors.

“Following the successful FIFA U-20 World Cup in Argentina, this tournament will give talented FIFA match officials the opportunity to show their skills in an international setting while taking another crucial step forward in their career,” added Collina.

The FIFA U-17 World Cup Indonesia 2023 will take place between 10 November and 2 December 2023. The draw took place on 15 September at the Home of FIFA in Zurich.

Full squad of officials

Carine, who was at the Women’s FIFA World Cup in Australia and New Zealand will head to her 11th international tournament arrives at the global stage after dominating African competitions in the past years.

Having featured at two CHAN tournaments, the AFCON, AWCON finals amongst others Carine,one of the match officials at the CAF Super Cup last week is expected to be at the peak of their powers across the period of the U-17 World Cup tournament.

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