The Confederation of African Football (CAF) will be using Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology during the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) that is set to kick-off on 21 July 2019 with a match between the host country, Egypt, and Zimbabwe. The organization that governs and manages football in Africa has awarded the contract for providing VAR technology to European audiovisual company, Mediapro.

Already, ahead of AFCON 2019 kicking off, Mediapro has been training CAF officials on a simulator.

This comes several weeks after the CAF Champions League final in Tunis where VAR technology was reported to not be working after Wydad Casablanca scored what looked to be a legitimate goal. When Wydad requested for the goal to be reviewed using VAR, match officials told them the VAR technology was not working. This resulted in over an hour suspension and delay of the final after Wydad players refused to continue playing until the potential goal was reviewed using. After over an hour of stoppage, the match was awarded to Esperance Tunis who were crowned the 2019 CAF Champions League winners.

Mediapro supplies VAR technology for league competitions in Spain, Portugal, Mexico, Chile and the United Arab Emirates. It is also the VAR technology service provider for the Copa Libertadores, Copa Sudamericana, Recopa and Copa América 2019.

It is important to highlight that VAR technology will only start being used from the quarter final stages of the AFCON 2019 as per statement by CAF.

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