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RED CARD! Forget World Cup, FIFA Tells Nigerian Referees

Posted: May 30, 2015 at 6:29 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)


World Football governing body, FIFA, has given Nigerians referees the red as far as the officiating at the World Cup is concern for now.

The body’s Referee Development Officer, Carlos Henriques, who spoke with NAN at the weekend has, instead, advised them to concentrate more on how to secure the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) slots.

According to Henriques , Nigerian referees need all the support they could get to earn a World Cup slot, but added that achieving such feat comes with a process.

He said, “I think before you start thinking of the World Cup, you have to start thinking of the Africa Cup of Nations.

“Let’s start working, thinking to produce referees to represent Nigeria at the continental competitions; that is our main goal.”

Henriques said they could definitely be part of World Cup after they have made their mark at the continental level.

“They have to work hard in all fields, especially in achieving a high level of fitness as well as the way they manage and approach players,” he said.

Henriques, Lim Kee-Chong from Mauritius, a former FIFA referee, and Mark Ephraim Nzengo from Malawi, are the FIFA instructors at the ongoing FIFA Member Association Elite Referees Course holding in Nigeria.