Lagos – President of Nigeria Referee Association (NRA),
Ahmed Maude says the Nigeria National League (NNL) might not kick off on
Saturday as scheduled.
Maude told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on telephone
that due to the unresolved issue of indemnity with the association by the NNL,
the referees were ready not to participate.
The president said the NRA was demanding for increment of
the indemnity and that if such was not met, the association might boycott the
league on Saturday.
Reacting to the threat, the NNL Chairman, Emeka Inyama told
NAN on telephone that the decision of the NRA to boycott the league was not his
He said that the NRA had yet to communicate his office on
“How is that my business, you can confirm from the chairman
of the Referees Appointment Committee. They have not communicated to us, you
are giving me the news,’’ Inyama said.
The Chairman, Referees Appointment Committee, Muazu
Sulaiman, also confirmed the development, saying they would not take part in
the league if the issue was not resolved.
“I can confirm to you that for now we will boycott the
league except the NNL meets our demands. Things are likely to change the moment
the National League Management is ready to sit down and agree with us.
“We have said that N17,000 for centre referee and N14,000
for assistant referee is grossly inadequate,’’ he told NAN on telephone. Even
the Nigerian Nationwide League is paying better, not when they are even saying
they are not ready to pay the N17,000 and N14,000 respectively again. So, what
are they going to pay?” Muazu said.
He said the NRA proposed to the NNL management the sum of
N25,000 for centre referee and N20,000 for assistant referees.
Muazu added that the NNL has even told them that they were
not ready to pay their initial N17,000 and N14,000.
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