FIFA shuns Nigerian referees again ahead of 2023 U-20 World Cup

FIFA shuns Nigerian referees again ahead of 2023 U-20 World Cup

The FIFA Referees Committee has chosen 25 referees and 38 assistant referees for the upcoming FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2023, with no Nigerian officials on the list.

Nigeria’s Flying Eagles will be among the 24 teams competing in the age-grade competition in Argentina.

Full list of referees for 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup

For the tournament, 18 video match officials have been appointed, alongside 25 referees and 38 assistant referees.


  • Yusuke Araki, JPN 
  • Muhammad Al-Huwaish, KSA 
  • Salman Ahmad Fallahi, QAT


  • Muhammad Ma’arouf, EGY 
  • Abongile Tom, RSA 
  • Issa Sy, SEN


  • Juan Gabriel Calderón Pérez, CRC 
  • Oshane Anthony Nation, JAM 
  • Marco Antonio Ortiz Nava, MEX


  • Yael Cristian Falcón Pérez, ARG 
  • Ramon Abatti Abel, BRA 
  • Piero Daniel Maza Gómez, CHI 
  • Jhon Alexander Ospina Londoño, COL


  • Campbell-Kirk Kawana-Waugh, NZL


  • François Letexier, FRA
  •  Serdar Gözübüyük, NED
  • Sandro Schärer, SUI 
  • Glenn Nyberg, SWE
  • Halil Umut Meler, TUR

Other match officials (All Match officials for the FIFA U-20 World Cup)

Meanwhile, ahead of Friday’s official draw at the FIFA Headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, Nigeria have been placed in Pot 3.

Friday’s official draw will see all 24 teams placed in six groups of four, with Nigeria’s Flying Eagles to be lined up with teams from pots 1, 2 and 4.

Pot 1: Argentina (hosts), Uruguay, USA, France, Senegal, Italy

Pot 2: England, South Korea, New Zealand, Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia

Pot 3: Nigeria, Japan, Uzbekistan, Iraq, Honduras, Fiji

Pot 4: Guatemala, Dominican Republic, The Gambia, Israel, Slovakia, Tunisia