Ssonko was among the 30 assistant referees and 27 referees selected by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to handle matches in Africa’s biggest football showpiece.
Ssonko working out in a Gym.
FIFA Assistant referee Mark Ssonko missed out being one of the officials at the
2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) which ends on July 19th
with the final at the Cairo International Stadium.
among the 30 assistant referees and 27 referees selected by the Confederation
of African Football (CAF) to handle matches in Africa’s biggest football showpiece.
referee traveled early last month to Cairo to undergo drills and medical checks
for all match officials. However, he was asked to return back to Uganda before
the tournament kicked-off.
official in the CAF referees’ department who did not what his name revealed told
URN that Ssonko was dropped because he had an injury.
“We took the
referees and assistants through very vigorous training and it was discovered
that Ssonko could not continue during a match situation because he was carrying
an injury,” said the source.
said it was unfortunate Ssonko did not declare the injury prior to the
training. “We always encourage the referees and assistants to declare what kind
of injuries they have so that it becomes easier to handle for the medical
department,” added the official.
He also said
another Ugandan referee Brian Nsubuga was dropped prior to the start of the
2018 Total Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) in Morocco because he was
carrying an injury. “These people should learn to be frank and speak because we
eventually discover these problems,” added the source.
The Uganda FA Chief Executive Officer confirmed to URN that a nagging injury
was the reason Ssonko was dropped and returned back to Uganda.