Seychelles: Seychellois Referee to Officiate His Final International Tournament At His 5th Africa Cup of Nations


Seychellois referee Bernard Camille will officiate his fifth Africa Cup of Nations football tournament in January, which he says will be his last international match as an official.

Camille, 46, has been a top referee in Seychelles for years and became an international referee in 2012. He normally would not have been selected since he is over the age limit for international referees.

“To be chosen despite my age is a huge compliment to my standing as a top official and it shows that I am still valued,” said Camille.

“Being an international referee at this age is very tough, and physically I feel I have done enough and now I will only officiate local games,” added Camille.

He said that as this will be the last time refereeing at the Afcon tournament, he aims to go as far as possible, although he recognised that he will be going up against referees of World Cup standard, so it will be tough.

Camille has refereed at the Africa Cup of Nations competition in 2013 in South Africa, 2015 in Equatorial Guinea, 2017 in Gabon and 2019 in Egypt.

The director of refereeing at the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Seychellois Eddy Maillet, said on the cafonline website that “the match officials were selected based on their experience, skills and current form. In recent months, they have been subjected to several aptitude tests through preparation courses and real competitive matches.”