By Abiola Shodiya

Chairman of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Referees Appointment Committee, Alhaji Ahmed Yusuf fresh has praised the performances of Nigerian referees who took part at first quarter FIFA fitness test (2017).

Fresh said this at the Main Bowl of the Abuja National Stadium, venue for the event.



“I am very elated with the level at which they all performed after proper medicals was conducted. I believe they all did well in their fitness level, in the running and other aspects of the program,” he said.

The former Grade 1 Referee however sounded the note of warning to whoever fails the fitness test.

“It’s essential for everybody to know the procedure of the laudable program by FIFA. Whoever fails to meet up this first quarter would not be eligible to take part in subsequent quarters for the that year, as such persons would have to wait to correct their undoing in the same quarter which is the following year. That’s what the rules says”, Fresh explained.

The 3-day program for the referees had both FIFA and national referees in the lecture room, as well as the NFF Integrity Officer, Dr. Christian Emeruwa.


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