Twelve (12) Referees and 12 Assistant Referees have been selected for the tournament scheduled for 2-17 February 2019 in the Nigerien cities of Maradi and Niamey.
For the referees, the oldest is 39-year old Malian Boubou Traore, with Nigerien Moussa Ali Mohamed, 27, the youngest.
Cape Verdean Luis Fernandes Barbosa and Firmino Bassafim of Guinea Bissau, both 38 are the eldest amongst the Assistant Referees. Twenty-six (26) year old Louis Ralph Fabien Cauvelet from Mauritius is the youngest.
Host Niger, South Africa, Nigeria and Burundi make up Group A whilst Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso and Ghana complete Group B. The semi-finalists will qualify to represent the continent at the FIFA U-20 World Cup from 23 May to 15 June 2019 in Poland.