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NFF charges Football Referees’ Assessors to live up to their responsibility – From Chukwudi Ejimofor/Abuja

NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, flanked by Hon. Elegbeleye and Chairman NFF Referees’ Committee Faith Iraboh.

The General Secretary of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Dr. Mohammed Sanusi has charged football Referee’s Assessors to be transparent and dedicated to their role as the watch dogs of football Referees in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

Addressing cream of NPFL Referees’ Assessors at the three day refresher course at the V I P lounge of Moshood Abiola National Stadium Abuja venue of the programme; he congratulations them for been part of the event and appeal to them to leave up to their billings.

“The league management has done very well in reposition of Nigeria Football League, they have done very under Hon Gbenga Elegbeleye to also improve on your allowances and therefore we expect that you as Assessor will do everything humanly possible to make sure that your match officials do what is right. We decide that they should take time to educate and test you so that at the end of the day we will have people who we rely on when taking decision. 

And where match officials after all this refuse to do what is right, we expect that you will report accordingly. And where you refused to do what is expected of you believe you me we will hesitate to sanction you. And I have always been saying some of are Referees, I charge all of you don’t fear, l ask you if there has been any of you to assist me please raise your hand. I will not be part to injustice, am not be party to what is wrong, therefore I will not close my eyes on what is done wrongly”. 

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Additionally and occasionally we send send secret Assessor, we do that now because we don’t have confidence in you is because we also want to confirm the choice we made about you is actually correct so that we continue to have that confidence in you. But where we have report from our secret Assessor that is contrary to your report then we will cast a doubt, we will not blacklist you but we will put eagle eyes on you to confirm that contrary report or debunks it.

So we are appeal to you; you are men of timber and caliber. We are not here to teach you your job but to let you know that we appreciate you and please we want you to respect this job it’s a voluntary job we can not pay you, but it’s only God that will pay you adequately because what you are doing is something that can take the youths away from the streets.

Part of the entourage was Hon. Gbenga Elegbeleye the second vice president of Nigeria Football Federation, who admonished the Referees’ Assessors on the the importance standard officiating for Nigeria Football League which he will attract higher grade in Africa and sponsorship of the league that brings more fund to the system.

“When we take part to ensure the league is organized the way it supposed to be definitely we will be bringing the better way and manner people should participate and attracting interests of sponsors and more funds will come into our league and we must perform our own part for it to reach that standard.”

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