NFF reads corrupt refs the riot act

Posted on Jan 11 2018 - 7:41am by admin

Head of the Nigeria Football Federation  Referees Appointment Committee Sharif Inuwa says the body is determined to weed out corrupt  referees from the domestic  league, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

Inuwa told  reporters  on Tuesday that the  committee was  working  with the Nigeria Referees Association to get rid of corrupt match officials and improve the standard of officiating in league matches.

He said, “We are doing our best to change the perspective of people about our referees. The  committee is working with  the NRA to ensure that bad eggs are flushed out of the system.

 “It will be a thing of joy for us to see Nigerian referees officiate in CAF competitions and  World Cup matches. We have begun a process which I will not like to make public now.”

Inuwa said  despite the presence of some bad eggs, there were Nigerian referees who could make the country proud in such assignments.

He said, “We have some good and quality referees in Nigeria, but only those who we believe are above board will be allowed to officiate in competitions this season.

“The board is determined to improve our performance index in Africa and in the world at large.”

The committee chairman, however, solicited the  cooperation of stakeholders towards improving officiating in league matches.

Inuwa said, “We are calling on all the stakeholders to join hands with us in this difficult task of eradicating the few bad eggs among our referees.

“The committee and  the  NRA are determined to expose corrupt match officials who are bent on soiling Nigeria’s image, but we will require all stakeholders to assist us in achieving the goal.”

Also,  the NFF Head of Referees Unit Sani Zubairu urged referees to be focused and uncompromising while officiating in the league.

He said the success of every football league; especially the professional league was dependent on the preparedness and dedication of referees.

Zubairu said,  “I expect our referees to be focused and dedicated to duty in the officiating of the upcoming professional league season.

“They should not undermine their roles as agents of justice and fairness in football matches.”

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