The world football governing body has opted for New Zealand official Matthew Conger to take charge of Nigeria’s second World Cup group game, against Iceland on Friday.

Friday’s engagement will be Conger’s first game of the tournament.

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Conger, 39, is an American born soccer referee, who resides in Palmerston North, New Zealand. He operates in the Australian A-League and the New Zealand Football Championship, and his other occupation is as a teacher in Palmerston North.

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.

In 2017, he was named the New Zealand referee of the year.

Nigeria – Iceland: The Match Officials

Referee: Matthew Conger (NZL)

Assistant Referee 1: Simon Lount (NZL)

Assistant Referee 2: Tevita Makasini (TGA)

Fourth Official: Ricardo Montero (CRC)

Reserve AR: Hiroshi Yamauchi (JPN)

VAR: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA)

AVAR 1: Pawel Gil (POL)

AVAR 2: Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA)

AVAR 3: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)

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