Recog­ni­tion for Nige­rian ref­er­ees ex­cites FIFA Edibi

Daily Trust - - SPORT - By Mansur Abubakar

Nige­ria’s fore­most ref­eree, Peter Edibi yesterday told Daily Trust that it glad­dens his heart that some of the coun­try’s um­pires have been named to take charge of up­com­ing FIFA World Cup qual­i­fiers.

It was an­nounced yesterday that 4 Nige­rian women ref­er­ees will take charge of a 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup qual­i­fy­ing match be­tween Burk­ina Faso and Ethiopia, which has been resched­uled for this week­end by the Con­fed­er­a­tion of African Football which comes af­ter 4 male ref­er­ees were se­lected for the Guinea Bis­sau against Liberia game.

Edibi who be­came a ref­eree at the age of 13 be­fore go­ing on to of­fi­ci­ate in var­i­ous FIFA or­gan­ised tour­na­ments in­clud­ing 2013’s World clubs Cup in Morocco also added that Nige­ria’s of­fi­cials could be as good as the ones from other coun­tries if given the re­quired op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“I’m re­ally happy about it be­cause it’s great when one gets in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion for what he does and be­fore the an­nounce­ment of the women ref­er­ees there was that of the men who will also take charge of another world cup qual­i­fier in Guinea Bis­sau on Oc­to­ber 13 so it’s a step in the right di­rec­tion” the Cross River born ref­eree said.

Ref­eree Uloma Nwogu will be the cen­tre of­fi­cial for this week­end’s clash in Oua­gadougou, with Hulda Nwokocha as first as­sis­tant and Mimisen Iy­orhe as sec­ond as­sis­tant. Another Nige­rian, Fo­lusho Ajayi will be the re­serve ref­eree.

The match is the third round, first leg of the race to the 2016 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Pa­pua New Guinea.

D’Tigers in­spi­ra­tional player, Cham­ber­lain Oguchi and team mates cel­e­brate­ing vic­tory at the 2015 Afrobas­ket Cham­pi­onship in Tu­nisia

Peter Edibi

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