All 29 Nigerian referees who obtained their badges to officiate in FIFA matches this year, on Wednesday, have been challenged to uphold the good ethics of justice, firmness, and efficiency in their varied tasks.
Speaking to the graduates in Abuja, NFF General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi praised the standard of officiating so far in the NPFL
He also and promised, that those who have been suspended and called in for interrogation will face harsh penalties if found guilty.
“The new NFF administration is determined to write a new positive story about Nigeria referees and refereeing,” the NFF scribe said.
“It is always painful to see Nigeria Clubs crashing out of continental competitions so early.
“Let us tell ourselves the truth; these happen because some of those teams that qualify to represent us in those competitions are somewhat aided one way or the other and not that they merit their qualification.
“They get exposed when they get to the continental stage.”
“It is sad that championship after continental championship, we hardly get to see Nigeria referees listed for action. It makes me unhappy because I know we have some of the best referees in Africa, if not the entire world.
“You just need to up your game, stay on the right lane, apply the rules strictly and shun undue influences and attempts at compromising your professional integrity.”
The list of the new FIFA accredited referees
FIFA Referees: Ogabor Joseph; Nurudeen Abubakr; Quadri Adebimpe; Kassim Abdulsalam; Abdullahi Abubakar; Bashir Salihu; Grema Mohammed
FIFA Assistant Referees: Samuel Pwadutakam; Usman Abdulmajeed; Efosa Igudia Celestine; Hope Igho; Tejiri Digbori; Muhammed Yakubu; Tijjani Ahmad
FIFA Beach Soccer Referees: Jelili Ogunmuyiwa; Fawole Olawale; Olayinka Olajide; Rabiu Ahmad
FIFA Futsal Referees: Bello Zuru Alhassan; Musa Dung Davou; Paul Umuago; Ukah Ndubuisi
FIFA Women Referees: Ndidi Patience; Hannah Eliagwu; Olufunmilayo Alaba; Yemisi Akintoye
FIFA Women Assistant Referees: Mfon Friday Akpan; Beauty Kabenda Terah; Abibat Yusuf.
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