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Nigerian referees perform better outside

08 October 2012, 15:36

Abuja - Peter Edibe, the country’s only Referee, who was selected to officiate at the forthcoming FIFA 2014 World Cup in Brazil, has said that Nigerian referees perform creditably when in international assignments.

Edibe said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja.

He said the reason why the country’s referees under perform was because of the environment they operate in.

NAN reports that Edibe has been listed to represent Nigeria as one of the officials at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

He also participated in the Equatorial Guinea-Gabon 2012 edition of the AFCON, and was among the referees who participated in the just concluded FIFA Member Association (MA) Referees' course in Abuja.

"Nigerian referees have been battered for quite a long time and we as insiders know that Nigerian referees are actually good.

"But the problem we face here is that we lack the environment to excel. So, when we are given the opportunity to officiate outside the country, we do our best.’’

Edibe, however, expressed his happiness to be listed as Nigeria’s representative at a big competition like the World Cup and stated that hard work and commitment contributed to his success.

"I feel good and so delighted. Above all, I am happy that Nigeria will be represented at the World Cup and fortunately I am there for Nigeria. I will try to do my best.

"Hard work and commitment has been my watchword over the years. I started refereeing as a young boy at the age of 13 and I took it so serious.

"I used to tell my friends I am going to represent this country either as a footballer or as a referee and God has made it to be so.

" have been representing this country for the past five years and this time around I am heading for the World Cup and I need prayers from Nigerians.’’

Edibe said the course he had just attended would enhance his performance when he would be tested later in the month before the World Cup.

"The FIFA course we just finished has come to enhance my performance so that I will perform well at the course I will be attending at Zurich from Oct. 24 to Nov. 3.

"So that at the end of the day, I will be selected to represent Nigeria at the FIFA level for the first time.

"For me, the course is like a rehearsal of what I will be doing in Zurich and so with everything in place, I know that I will do very well.’’



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