Tuesday, December 7

FIFA Badged Nigerian Referees Set For Continental Duties

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Frankie Omokhua

A total of eight members of the Nigeria Referees Association (NRA) have been appointed to officiate in the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Inter Club competitions this weekend.

In a statement issued on Friday by the National Publicity Secretary of the Nigeria Referees Association, Kelechi Mejuobi, the referees who are FIFA badged match officials are already on transit to their various match venues for the continenal assignments.

In one of the CAF Confederation Cup matches, Abubakar Abdullahi of the Niger State Referees Council will be at the centre of proceedings assisted on the lines by a very experienced Edo state based referee, Efosa Celestine Igudia and Oyo council’s Abdulmajed Olajide while Joe Ogabor comes in as Fourth Official.

The officials have already touched down at Ouagadogu, Burkina Faso, to handle the Salitas FC of Burkina Faso vs. Ashanti Gold of Ghana in the match Komlan Asogbayi of Togo will be the Match Commissioner.

In Togo where the home side, Asko De Kara will battle visiting Club D Abidjan of Cote D Ivoire, one of the top rated arbiters in the country, Adebimpe Quadri, of the Lagos State Council, backed on the lines by Peter Ogwu and TJ Digbori of Bauchi and Delta councils respectively will be cynosure of eyes at the match venue while Bornu State Council member, Grema Mohammed, is the fourth official.

An elated President of the Nigeria Referees Association, Otunba Tade Azeez, who is impressed by the recognition accorded Nigerian referees by CAF reminded the referees on duty to be worthy ambassadors, noting that the number on duty is a testimony of the efforts of the association in mshowcasing their FIFA referees for international recognition.

He wished them successful outing and journey mercies.

Kelechi Mejuobi
National Publicity Secretary

Nigeria Referees Association

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