FIFA has revealed that an American teacher is going to officiate the Super Eagles of Nigeria next fixture against Iceland.
Matthew Conger will officiate Nigeria’s Rusia 2018 second Group D match against Iceland on Friday at Volgograd.
Matthew Conger (born 11 October 1978) is an American soccer referee, who resides in Palmerston North, New Zealand. He operates in the Australian A-League and the New Zealand Football Championship, and his other occupation is as a teacher in Palmerston North. He will be assisted by Simon Lount of New Zealand and Tevita Makasini, a Tongan high school tutor.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Lount was born and raised in Leicester in England and works for a company which supplies furniture fittings and architectural hardware.
Lount will be the match’s Assistant Referee 1 (AR1), while Makasini is the Assistant Referee 2 (AR2).
Ricardo Montero of Costa Rica will be the Fourth Official, while Hiroshi Yamauchi of Japan will be the Reserve Assistant Referee (RAR).
While this is going to be the first outing in the 2018 competition for Conger and the two assistant referees, Montero and Yamauchi are however different.
They are going to be having their second outing, having been involved in Monday’s game between Tunisia and England in Volgograd.