Video Assistant Referee set for African debut this month

Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology will debut in Africa midway through the Nations Championship (Chan), which kicks off Saturday with hosts Morocco among the title favourites.

The system allows off-field match officials to assist referees in “game-changing” situations such as goals, penalty kicks, straight red cards and cases of mistaken identity.

It has been trialled in the Italian Serie A and German Bundesliga this season and debuted in England this week.

VAR is scheduled to be used in Morocco from the quarterfinals of a unique national team competition as participation is restricted to footballers playing in their country of birth.

Zimbabwe is not represented at this year’s CHAN tournament which kicked off on Saturday.