AFCON: NRA Boss Laments CAF Snub, Promises To Reposition Nigerian Referees

Ahead of the 2024 Africa Cup of Nations, (AFCON) in Ivory Coast, the Nigeria Referees Association has expressed frustration over the exclusion of the country’s referees from the competition.

According to PUNCH, the association said it is poised on working effectively to reposition its officials for excellence on the continent after CAF snub.

Speaking, NRA president, Sanni Zubair, said Nigerian referees would soon be considered for major competitions in Africa and the world

“In terms of performance, Nigerian referees are equal to any referee in the world. We have been watching and projecting the younger referees, some of them are now badged as FIFA referees and we have been moving on with them.

“There is a sort of gap between the ones we had before and now, and that is what we are trying to fill up,” Zubairu added.

The snub from CAF on the Nigeria officials comes as the African body on Tuesday named 85 referees for a preparatory course ahead of the 2023 AFCON.

On the list, a total of 32 centre referees, 33 assistant referees and four VAR officials, eight technical and physical instructors among others were listed for the course ahead of the showpiece.

It is not the first time that Nigeria officials will be missing out of continental duties.

At the last edition of the AFCON in Cameroon, only one Nigerian official, Samuel Pwadutakam, was selected as an assistant referee among the 63 match officials at the tournament.

Nevertheless, Ndidi Madu worked as a fourth official at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.

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