Rwanda’s internationally accredited football referee Hakizimana Louis has been named in a 27-man list of the initial referees chosen to officiate the 2019 AFCON.
The 2019 African Cup of Nations is set to take place in Egypt between June 21 and July 19.
The list of referees saw the presence of 20 different nationalities from across the continent with referees like Mostafa Gharbal and Bacary Gassama making the cut.
Three referees from host country also made the list. Twenty nine assistant referees have also been selected to undergo the preparation course in Morocco.
The preparation course in Morocco will be staged from April 28 to May 5, 2019.
Hakizimana is likely to be among the referees who will be operating the VAR technology during the tournament. Last Month, he was in South Africa for first-hand training on the processes and technological aspects of the Fifa renowned Video Assistant Referees (VAR).
VAR is a football assistant referee who reviews decisions made by the head referee with the use of video footage and a headset for communication.
Full list of referees:
Mostafa Gharbal (Algeria), Helder Martinez (Angola), Joshua Bondo (Botswana), Pacifique Ndabihawenimana (Burundi), Aliom Aliom (Cameroon), Gehad Geresha, Mahmoud El-Banna, Amine Omar (Egypt), Bacary Gassama (Gambia), Daniel Laria (Ghana), Peter Waweru (Kenya), Mamadou Keita (Mali), Radwan Jaid (Morocco), Nour ElDin El-Jaafari (Morocco), Jackson Pavaza (Namibia), Jean Jack Ngambo (DR Congo), Louis Hakizimana (Rwanda), Megete N’Diaye (Senegal), Bernard Camille (Seychelles), Al-Fadel Mohamed Hussein (Sudan), Victor Miguel (South Africa), Sadek Al-Salmy, Youssef El-Sarairi, Haitham Kairat (Tunisia), Gianni Sikazowi (Zambia).
Mokrane Gourari (Algeria), Abdelhak Etchiali (Algeria), Jerson Emiliano Dos Santos (Angola), Seydou Tiama (Burkina Faso), Nguegou Elvis Guy Noupue (Cameroon), Evarist Menkouande (Cameroon), Issa Yaya (Chad), Soulaimane Almadine (Comoros), Tahssen Abo El Sadat (Egypt), Abouelregal Mahmoud (Egypt), Tesfagiorghis Berhe (Eritrea), Samuel Temesgin (Ethiopia), Sidibe Sidiki (Guinea), Gilbert Cheruiyot (Kenya), Souru Phatsoane (Lesotho), Attia Amsaed (Libya), Lionel Andrianantenaina (Madagascar), Azgaou Lahcen (Morocco), Arsenio Maringule (Mozambique), Mahamadou Yahaya (Niger), Baba Adel (Nigeria), Oliver Safari (DR Congo), El Hadji Malick Samba (Senegal), Djibril Camara (Senegal), Zakhele Thusi Siwela (South Africa), Mohammed Ibahim (Sudan), Waleed Ahmed Ali (Sudan), Yamen Mellouchi (Tunisia) and Anouar Hmila (Tunisia).