Nine years after the African Nations Championships (CHAN) kicked off, officials say the tournament is set to introduce the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology.
The VAR technology will debut in Africa midway through CHAN which kicks off Saturday with hosts Morocco among the title favourites.
The technology allows off-field match officials to assist referees in “game-changing” situations such as goals, penalty kicks, straight red cards and cases of mistaken identity.
It has been trialed in the Italian Serie A and German Bundesliga this season and debuted in England this week.
Vanguard Sports reports that VAR is scheduled to be used in Morocco from the quarter-finals of a unique national team competition as participation is restricted to footballers playing in their country of birth.
The overwhelming majority of African stars play professionally in Europe, leaving the Nations Championship as a platform for emerging talent to impress scouts.
First staged in the Ivory Coast nine years ago, the CHAN quickly doubled in size from eight nations to 16, and the last edition in Rwanda was superbly organised and well attended.
Fellow east African country Kenya were due to succeed Rwanda as hosts, but surrendered the right to Morocco after falling behind with stadia preparations.
Morocco were keen to stage the 23-day showcase of African domestic football talent as it brings them in from the cold after being stripped of the 2015 Cup of Nations hosting rights.