Ahead of the AFCON qualifier between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and Lone Stars of Sierra-Leone, the Edo state government has installed the first Video Assistant Referee (VAR) in the country.
The VAR has been installed at the refurbished Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City.
It will be recalled that VAR was to be used in Nigeria for the first time during the football events of the 2020 National Sports Festival before it was postponed.
The VAR was introduced to Africa first time during the AFCON 2019 in Egypt last June. Morocco also made history as the first African country to apply the VAR technology in a domestic match for the first time.
The role of the VAR is to assist the referee to determine whether there was an infringement that means a goal should not be awarded.
As the ball has crossed the line, play is interrupted so there is no direct impact on the game.
The VAR reviews the broadcast footage, using as many angles as possible. Real-time replays will be used initially to check for intensity.
Slow-motion replays will be used to identify the point of contact. If the VAR’s view does not agree with what the referee believes they have seen then they can recommend an overturn.
The Super Eagles will take on the Lone Stars on Friday before travelling to Freetown on Monday for Tuesday’s clash at the Siaka Stevens Stadium.