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Nigerian Referees Officiating a League Match

Executive member of Nigeria Football Federation and also Chairman of Referees appointment committee, Alhaji Ahmed Yusuf Fresh has rated Nigerian football referees highly in the just concluded season.



The Niger State FA chairman,who is fondly called Fresh in the football community, made this declaration in an exclusive interview with Sports Chronicle magazine. As he praised the referees for putting in credible and professional shifts in the call of duties ,this season.



" I am delighted with the performances of our referees," he said.
"Admittedly,there have been one or two controversies during this season, yet our referees have not done badly. We mustn't forget too, that these referees are human ," he quipped.



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Ahmed Fresh arriving a stadium

Fresh, who is also a member of FIFA's technical committee was particularly proud of the new strides achieved by the arbiters. Which he was quick to attribute to the laudable efforts of the NFF, LMC , NRA , as well as the world's football governing body, FIFA, to improve the quality and fortunes of referees in the country.
" Week in and out, we have a group of Nigerian referees going out to officiate important matches in the AFCON, FIFA, CHAN, Champions league and even the Confederation games.



" We also want to commend FIFA's President Infantino, for the Member Association course for member nations, which affords associations to benefit from its physical and technical experts," he added.

According to him, the quality of officiating in the country would continue to get better as there are plans to further improve the knowledge of the referees with top class programmes .

Written By: AKEEM BUSARI

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