FELICIEN Kabanda is one of six Africans who will officiate at the upcoming Fifa U-17 World Cup in Mexico.
According to Ferwafa’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Jules Kalisa, the assistant referee got the nod after impressing at this year’s Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) in Sudan as well as Caf U-17 Championship which was hosted by Rwanda.
He now becomes the second Rwandan to officiate at a Fifa World Cup after Celestin ‘Abegga’ Ntagungira, who retired from the profession after the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa.
Other African assistant referees in the fray include Senegal’s Djibril Camara, Aden Marwa of Kenya and South Africa’s Siwela Zakhele. The two center refs include Alioum Neant from Cameroon and Angola’s Martins de Carvalho.
Appointed Match officials;
AFC: Albadwawi Ali Hamad (UAE), Ghayyath Shukralla Nawaf (BHR), Al Mayahi Hamad Suliman (OMA), Sokhandan Reza (IRN), Abdulla Tulefat Yaser Khalil (BHR) and Al Allan Khaled (BHR).
CAF: Alioum Neant (CAM), Martins de Carvalho Helder (ANG), Djibril Camara(SEN), Felicien Kabanda (RWA), Marwa Aden Range (KEN) and Siwela Zakhele (SA).
CONCACAF: Bogle Raymon (JAM), Garcia Roberto (MEX), Brown Stephen (JAM), Neil Dion (TRI), Ayala Alejandro (MEX) and Calderon Victor (MEX).
CONMEBOL: Abal Diego (ARG), Carrillo Victor (PER), Ponce Omar (ECU), Castany Alejo (ARG), Esquivel Gustavo (ARG), Bossio Jonny (PER), Escano Cesar (PER), Lescano Christian (ECU) and Herrera Carlos (ECU).
OFC: Achari Andrew (FIJ), Kumar Ashwin (FIJ) and Kumar Ravinesh (FIJ).
UEFA: Chapron Tony (FRA), Kralovec Pavel (CZE), Moen Svein Oddvar (NOR), Nijihuis Bas (NED), Nikolaev Alexey (RUS), Studer Stephan (SUI), Boisdenghien Emmanuel (FRA), Harchay Fredji (FRA), Wilczek Martin (CZE), Zlamal Miroslav (CZE), Andas Frank (NOR), Haglund Kim (NOR), Boonman Angelo (NED), Zeinstra Erwin (NED), Aveianov Anton (RUS), Kalugin Tikhon (RUS), Pozzi sandro (SUI) and Zeder Raffael (SUI).
CONCACAF: Bonilla Elmer (SLV), Delgaddillo Paul (MEX), Perea Amador Jafeth (PAN), Corrales Keytzeil (NIC), Jara Octavio (CRC), Quintero Marcos (MEX), Rodriguez Salvador (MEX), Ake Ricardo Daniel (BLZ) and Rodas Juan Antonio (HON).