Referees assigned to handle Week 2 matches of the Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL, have been charged to be steadfast in the course of discharging their duties to avoid any pitfalls.
This instruction was handed to them by the President of the Nigeria Referees Association, NRA, Otunba Tade Azeez.
Otunba Tade Azeez who said that the NFF Referees Committee is reviewing performances of Week One matches based on reports, especially that of referees assessors across the centre, opined that the NFF Referees Committee/NRA won’t tolerate any attempt to bring the game to disrepute.
The NRA President added that while the referees’ body are unrelenting at ensuring better welfare packages and conductive environment for Referees to operate, nothing more than perfect officiating is expected.
As a warm up to his upcoming CAF Nations Cup Qualifier; Cape Verde vs Mozambique on November 18, 2019 a University of Calabar lecturer and a FIFA badged referee, Joseph Ogabor of the Cross River State Referees Council will be the cynosure of eyes at the Agege Stadium, when Nnewi based Ifeanyi Uba visit MFM of Lagos. Yahaya Ikara of Kaduna and Donald Andrew of Bauchi are the Assistants while a retired referee Abdulahi Bako will assess their performances. Ogabor has been in favour book of CAF for being called to handle three crucial international games in the past three weeks.
Another university don of the Sokoto State University and Deputy National Training Officer, DNTO of the NRA, Dr Anirou Shantali ( Fifa Rtd) will be on the stand to jot how Fifa Jelili Ogunmuyiwa, one of the household names in the Nigeria domestic premier league scene, considering the number of years he has put in the system, will handle the Rivers vs Heartland game in Porthacourt, as the international Beach Soccer referee prodigy attempts to justify why he is one of the dependable domestic premier league arbiter on the list. Sokoto based Elisha Owolabi and Auwal Usman of Kebbi and Gombe are on the lines.
In Uyo, a renowned administrator and the immediate past Secretary General of the NRA, Prince Moruf Oyekunle Oluwa will be in charge of the referees as Iranloye Shina of the Kwara council leads Bazza Sufiyan of Adamawa and A Mustafa of Katsina onto the Goodswill Akpabio Stadium for the encounter between Akwa Utd vs Abia Warriors.
In Gombe, the adopted home of Adamawa for their game against Rangers, the latest Professor of Physical and Health Education in town, S.O Ladipo of the University of Ibadan and retired referee of the Oyo State Referees Council will report how Kano based Iman Malik, Musa Isa of Niger and Secretary of the Ekiti State council Kehinde “Cuba” Adetule will handle the game.
The appointment from the NFF Referees Committee is as follows!
1 JIGAWA G STARS VS PLATEA UTD
VICTOR IJEREMERE FCT Assessor
OLAYINKA O LG Referee
EFOSA E. ED Assistant Referee 1
OKOYE C AN Assistant Referee 2
ALI KOLO BO 4th official
2 LOBI STARS VS DELTA FORCE FC
BAWA A ZM
USMAN A. OY
ZURU BELLO KB IHEANACHO C AB
3 AKWA STARLETS VS KANO PILLARS
BOLA SEKIRET OD HANNAH ELIAGWU
AWOSAKIN O. OD
SANI ABDUL BA
4 RIVERS UTD VS HEARTLAND FC
DR A SHANTANLI SK JELILI
ELEISHA OWOLABI SK
A. USMAN GM
JAPHET BEN BN
5 MFM FC VS FC IFEANYIUBAH FC
A BAKO KD
JOSEPH OGABOR CR YAHAYA IKARA KD DONALD A. BA A. SHAIBU KG
6 ADAMAWA UTD VS RANGERS INT
DR LADIPO OY
IMAM MALIKI KN
MUSA ISAH NG
ADETULE K. EK
SAVIOUR OGAR CR
7 SUNSHINE STARS VS WARRI WOLVES
EDO ADUBA BN
BABAYO SANI GM
ALIYU MADUGU KD AIKOR SHAGBA BN
EZE EDWIN C EN
8 AKWA UTD VS ABIA WARRIORS
M.O OLUWA FCT IRANLOYE SHINA KW BAZZA SUFIYAN AD
A. MUSTAPHA KT AGBOOLA SARAFA
9 KATSINA UTD VS ENYIMBA NT
ROBERT AKPEKUM FCT PRINCE ISIAH EK
HINDA SOLOMON FCT SANI BABA BA A. NWANDU ED
10 NASARAWA UTD VS WIKKI TOURIST
NASIRU IBRAHIM KN JOHN EHI ED
KABIRU HARUNA ZM J. NNADI EN
ALEX IGE OY