May 18, 2015 – The capacity –enhancing programmes of the Nigeria Football Federation(NFF) and general re-orientation has culminated in CAF naming Joshua Opeyemi Amao as Referee for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between Mali and South Sudan.
The match is scheduled for the Stade Modibbo Keita, Bamako on Saturday, 13th June. Amao will be accompanied by fellow Nigerians Peter Edibi (Assistant Referee 1), Abel Baba (Assistant Referee 2) and Ferdinand Udoh (Reserve Referee).
Amao, 35, became an international in 2009, while 28 –year old Udoh, regarded as the rising star of Nigerian refereeing, became an international two years ago.
Edibi, 44, who narrowly missed a spot at the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil has been an international for 11 years, and 38 –year old Abel Baba has been an international since 2008.