Lagos - The profile of Nigerian referees continue to rise,
as football’s world –governing body, FIFA, has appointed Nigerian official
Ferdinand Anietie Udoh as referee for next month’s 2018 FIFA World Cup
qualifier between Chad and Egypt in N’Djamena.
In a letter dated 21 October, 2015 and signed by Gordon
Savic, Head of FIFA World Cup and Olympic qualifiers, Udoh is to be assisted by
fellow Nigerians Peter Edibi, Abel Baba and Henry Ogunyamodi as assistant 1,
assistant 2 and fourth official respectively.
The match between the Les Sao and the Pharaohs, who are also
incidentally in the same group in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations race (same
group as Nigeria) will take place at the Stade Idriss Mahamat Ouya in N’Djamena
on Saturday, November 14 and start at 3.30pm Chad time.
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An excited Linus Mba, FIFA Technical Advisor on refereeing
and NFF consultant, wrote to NFF President Amaju Pinnick: “The prospect of
having our own citizens in the finals of the FIFA World Cup is getting brighter
by the day. The arrowhead is Ferdinand Udoh who is now getting more match
exposure and experience by CAF through FIFA.
“Judging by the current appointment, Udoh is being entrusted
with even a heavier assignment [Chad and Egypt in November 2015] - the second
for him in a month after the World Cup match between Guinea Bissau and Liberia
on October 13, 2015.
The new appointment confirms that he was highly rated by his
supervising match officials in Guinea Bissau. To underscore the grade one
nature of the match, FIFA has assigned the two most experienced Assistant
Referees from Nigeria to support him in next month's match.
“Please Mr. President we are not yet there; we are still on
the thresholds. We are definitely going to need your increased support to keep
us constantly on track until we achieve our objective of officiating in the
2018 FIFA World Cup and thereafter.”
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