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Nigerian referees back from England

15 December 2014, 17:24Israel Ojoko

Lagos - Nigeria’s elite referees have returned from a two –week capacity enhancing programme in England on Sunday.

Their return coincided with the appointment, by the Confederation of African Football, of top Nigerian assistant referee Peter Edibe to officiate at the 30th Africa Cup of Nations finals taking place in Equatorial Guinea in January.

One of the referees, Tope Orowole, said that they have gained a lot professionally for the development of the game back home.

Also read: Nigerian referees hailed in London

“We are full of appreciation for the sponsorship that was brokered and the general arrangement that was so flawless. We benefitted a lot in terms of capacity enhancement and this will certainly reflect in our performance in the coming (league) season.

“Now that one of our own Peter Edibe has been appointed to officiate at the Africa Cup of Nations, we believe it is the beginning of many good things to happen to Nigerian refereeing.”

Edibe’s appointment comes as NFF President Amaju Pinnick insisted that his focus remains seeing Nigerian referees officiate at the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals and other global championships.

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