AITEO Cup: NFF Reads Riot Act To Referees

An action recorded during a Serie A game.

The Nigeria Football Federation has sent out a strong warning to all officials who would be assigned for matches of the 2017 AITEO Cup competition starting today to perform creditably or have their names permanently struck off the list of arbiters in the country.
Speaking after his committee’s meeting in Abuja, last Monday, Chairman of the NFF Referees Committee, Alhaji Ahmed Yusuf Fresh told newsmen that any referee found wanting would not only be thrown out of the vocation but could also face prosecution.
”The NFF Referees Committee has decided to go tough on erring referees. For several years, we worked very hard to try and get sponsors for the oldest football competition in this country, but could not for one reason or the other. Now that we have one in AITEO, we will do everything humanly possible to guard that relationship jealously.
”Any referee found to be involved in any shenanigan, or deemed to be outright incompetent or mischievous, will be summarily dealt with. We are tired of complaints about referees. We are ready to throw out as many as are found culpable, and will be ready to have only few competent and self –respecting persons take charge of matches,” Fresh stated on Monday.
The NFF Executive Committee member also informed that only Nigeria’s FIFA –badged (international) and elite referees would be handed shifts in the AITEO Cup competition.
“Only the FIFA referees and elite referees would be involved. No National League or Nationwide League officials. We want the best arbiters available to take care of the matches and give credibility to the competition.
”The glamour of this much –loved competition must return in full force and in even greater glory.”
Meanwhile, Rivers United FC of Port Harcourt will be home to J. Atete FC in the competition at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt.
The pride of Rivers, as united is fondly called will attempt to rescue their season through the cup route after their disappointing season in the continent and league so far.
This, coach stanely Eguma and his boys must go for a comprehensive victory over the third tier side from Delta State.