Eleg­bel­eye pre­dicts bright fu­ture for Nige­rian ref­er­ees

Daily Trust - - SPORT - By Orkula Shaagee

The Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Na­tional Sports Com­mis­sion (NSC), Gbenga Eleg­bel­eye yes­ter­day in Abuja de­clared open this year’s FIFA Mem­ber As­so­ci­a­tions Elite Course for ref­er­ees, tech­ni­cal in­struc­tors, ref­eree as­ses­sors and phys­i­cal fit­ness in­struc­tors, say­ing there is bright fu­ture for ref­er­ees in the coun­try.

Speak­ing at the open­ing cer­e­mony at the Me­dia Cen­tre of the Na­tional Sta­dium Com­plex, Eleg­bel­eye charged the par­tic­i­pants to be stu­dious in or­der to grow quickly in the pro­fes­sion, ex­press­ing ex­cite­ment at their youth­ful­ness.

“I am happy see­ing most of you be­ing so young. It means that the fu­ture is in­deed very bright for Nige­rian ref­er­ee­ing. You must be dili­gent and study hard, re­main fit, alert and com­mit­ted to the pro­fes­sion.”

Also speak­ing at the oc­ca­sion, NFF Pres­i­dent, Al­haji Aminu Maigari, who was rep­re­sented by Chair­man of NFF Me­dia and Pub­lic­ity Com­mit­tee, Chief Emeka Inyama, praised world foot­ball­go­v­ern­ing body, FIFA for mak­ing Nigeria one of very few coun­tries to ben­e­fit from the elite course twice a year.

“FIFA’s sup­port and en­cour­age­ment for this course, has been un­der­scored each year with the send­ing of some of its best hands in ref­er­ee­ing in­struc­tion busi­ness to come to Nigeria and im­part un­com­mon knowl­edge to our ref­er­ees, ref­eree as­ses­sors and tech­ni­cal in­struc­tors.”

There are seven tech­ni­cal in­struc­tors, 37 ref­eree as­ses­sors, 30 elite ref­er­ees and 14 phys­i­cal fit­ness in­struc­tors at­tend­ing the five-day course.

A renowned for­mer FIFA ref­eree Lim Kee Chong from Mau­ri­tius, in his re­mark, en­cour­aged Nigeria ref­er­ees to be­lieve in them­selves and aim higher al­ways.

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