CAIRO: The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has approved the use of Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations to be hosted in Egypt, but it will start at the quarter-final stage.
Mediapro has been selected to provide a training programme to the officials on a simulator and Offline Video Operation Room prior to the official VAR application.
The Spanish-based company is the official supplier of VAR for official league competitions in Spain, Portugal, Mexico, Chile and the United Arab Emirates, and provides services to CAF and FIBA.
The video technology will be used during the game on a number of occasions that include; goals and whether there was a violation during the attacking phase of play, such as an offside or a foul, penalty decisions, direct red card decisions and mistaken identity in awarding a red or yellow card.
VAR was used during the finals of the 2019 Total CAF Champions League between Tunisian giants Esperance and Wydad of Casablanca but it was a shambles after it faulted leading to dismissing of the second leg which will be replayed.
According to FIFA statistics, the VAR system has had a success rate of 99.3 percent, up from the 95 percent of correct calls by referees without VAR.
The Video Assistant Referee became famous during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
The 2019 AFCON tournament will be the first to host 24 teams from 16. The competition is set to kick off from 21st June to 19th July.