More Nigerian Referees Get FIFA Badge
While there are often complaints that they are not good enough, Nigerian referees are still getting the needed recognition.
Now, The Nigeria (Football) Referees Association, NRA have confirmed that at the international level, FIFA has recognized 29 of its active members for the 2019 season.
President of the NRA, Otunba Tade Azeez led the referees, comprising men and women who were decorated with the FIFA badge by the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, President represented by other board members.
For the 11-Aside football, Nigeria has a list of 21 referees, seven each for Men Referees and Assistants while women has three for the referees and four for Assistants.
Other categories the country parades FIFA referees are four each for Men Futsal and Beach Soccer.
Speaking at the event, Otunba Tade reminded the FIFA badged referees to consider their elevated rankings as a call to duty where they are expected to be shining stars to others.
He enjoined them to continue to justify why they are found worthy for the international badges while on and off the field of the play as they are privileged to be the country's ambassadors.
Tade further admonished them to avoid acts capable of tarnishing their image and that of the country while discharging their duties.
Expressing happiness that no Nigeria FIFA badged referee was among the indicted match officials penalized for corruption at the continental level by the Confederation of Africa Football, CAF, after the Ghana spy-journalist exposure of fraudulent football elements,
Meanwhile two new entrants into the FIFA 11-Aside list is Bauchi State Referees council based Nurudeen Abubakar as referee and Abibatu Yusuf Adunni of the Rivers State Council who is of the Assistant Referee (Women).
On the list before now and retained fanciful FIFA white coloured badges for the new season are ;
ADEBIMPE Quadri Ololade
OGABOR Joseph Odey
IGUDIA Efosa Celestine
OGWU Peter Eigege
MADU Ndidi Patience
WOMEN ASSISTANT REFEREE
FUTSAL REFEREE ( Men )
MUSA Dung Davou
BEACH SOCCER REFERE (Men)
FAWOLE Olawale Adeolu