Five match officials initially selected by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to run the fourth edition of the African Nations Championships (CHAN) in Rwanda, will be taking early flights back home after failing in the mandatory Physical Endurance Test (PET) conducted in Kigali on Tuesday 12 January.
Of the five, there is only one from the CECAFA region – Mohamed el Fadil who hails from Sudan and this will not be his first time to book an early flight home – he also failed in the PET ahead of the 2015 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament in Equatorial Guinea.
The biggest casualty from the PET, is center referee Bernard Camille, a Seychelles national. Camille bowed out with just 400 meters to go in the 12 – lap final segment of the tests. The referee, who officiated in the 2015 AFCON tournament will also be booking an early flight back home.
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The other center referee who did not make it in the test was Kordi Med Said from Tunisia while assistant referees Mahamadou Yahaya from Niger and Dina Bienvenu from Benin also failed.
Kenyan referees Davies Omweno and Aden Marwa were among the match officials who passed.
The Referees’ Committee charged with the tournament is currently in a closed door meeting to deliberate on the development.
Center referees: Bernard Camille (Seychelles), Kordi Med Said (Tunisia), Mohamed el Fadil (Sudan).
Assistant referees: Mahamadou Yahaya (Niger), Dina Bienvenu (Benin).