N/Zealand ref for Nigeria/Iceland game  


New Zealand referee, Matthew Conger, has been named the centre referee for Nigeria’s crucial Russia 2018 World Cup Group D clash against Iceland in Volvograd on Friday.

Conger will have his compatriot Simon Lount as his first Assistant Referee (AR1) and Tevita Makasini from Tonga as his second assistant referee (AR2).

Ricardo Montero from Costa Rica will be the fourth official while Hiroshi Yamauchi will be the reserve referee according to FIFA’s media channel.

Conger, born 11 October 1978 in Texas, USA, began refereeing in his native America as a teenager.

The 39-year-old was in charge of Nigeria’s game against Sweden at the Rio 2016 Olympics in Brazil which the Dream Team won 1-0 courtesy of a goal from Sadiq Umar.

He has also officiated at two under-20 FIFA World Cups, in New Zealand in 2015 and in South Korea in 2017.

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