Premium Times (Abuja)

14 June 2014

Nigeria: World Cup - Fifa Picks Ecuador Referee for Nigeria-Iran Match

The world football governing body, FIFA, has announced that Carlos Vera, a referee from Ecuador, will officiate the Super Eagles opening World Cup campaign against Iran on Monday.

Vera will have the opportunity of handling a match involving the reigning African champions just nine days before his 38th birthday.

According to FIFA records, Vera has been overseeing international matches since 2007 and has officiated at several CONMEBOL competitions, including the Copa America 2011 and the Copa Libertadores since 2008, as well as at the FIFA Club World Cup in 2012.

Aside naming the referee for the Nigeria-Iran duel, FIFA also picked Milorad Mazic from Serbia to handle the Germany against Portugal fixture

Mazic, 41, has officiated at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2013 and at several UEFA competitions.

Meanwhile the match between Ghana and USA which is the second match in Natal will be overseen by Jonas Eriksson, 40, from Sweden.

The Swede officiated two matches at UEFA EURO 2012 and the second leg of the CONMEBOL/AFC play-off between Uruguay and Jordan in November 2013.

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