Nigeria v South Africa: VAR confirmed for 2019 AFCON last 8

Super Eagles By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 10/07/2019

Nigeria and South Africa quarter-finals clash at Cairo International Stadium will see the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system to be introduced for the first time in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations starting on Wednesday evening.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) originally planned to use VAR from the semi-final stage, but it will now be effective as from the last eight games and the quarter-final clash between Senegal and Benin on Wednesday, 10 July 2019, at the June 30 Stadium, will go into the history books as the first-ever game at the AFCON finals with VAR.

Several marginally offside calls and an erroneous handball decision which Ghana felt might have contributed to their early exit from the tournament have been the extent of controversies so far at the 2019 edition of the tournament in Egypt.

Since the beginning the tournament, there has been mock tests of VAR during selected matches, which gave the match officials a practical feel of the system which is expected to enhance officiating at the flagship continental event.

It will be the first time CAF will be applying VAR at a major championship, after a mock usage during the Total African Nations Championship in Morocco in 2018.

It will be recalled that VAR made its entry into African football for the first time at the Total CAF Super Cup clash between Wydad Athletic Club (Morocco) and TP Mazembe (DR Congo) in Casablanca in February 2018.

It was followed by the final matches of the CAF Interclubs competitions in 2018 and for the 2018/19 season, and the 2019 Total CAF Super Cup in Doha, Qatar.