FIFA have named Peter O’Leary from New Zealand as the centre referee for Saturday’s Group F game between Nigeria and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
The game will be the first in the on-going tournament for the 42-year-old who worked as a fourth official at the 2010 FIFA World Cup and holds a number of appearance records in FIFA competitions. O’Leary has accumulated the most participations (five between 2007 and 2012) and refereed the most matches (five) in the FIFA Club World Cup. He has also taken part in four editions of the FIFA U-20 World Cup (from 2007 to 2013).
Saturday’s game is crucial for the continued stay of both countries in the competition. A win for Nigeria will almost certainly confirm their progression into the second round albeit Iran will still have a mathematical chance of also progressing. It will however serve as the end of the road for debutant Bosnia-Hergovina who lost their opening game to Argentina on Sunday June 15.