Lagos - Nigerian referees, despite recent improvements, have once again been ignored for a major competition by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
According to a list of referees and assistant referees released by CAF on Monday, no Nigerian referee or assistant referee was deemed good enough to make the final list of match officials for the forthcoming CAF U23 Africa Cup of Nations in Senegal.
There have been marked improvements in the level of refereeing in the Nigerian league, with more teams winning games away from home, unlike the situation in the past. The improvements have seen some Nigerian referees selected for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, but the latest development has come as a shock.
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Ferdinand Aniete Udoh has been the golden boy of Nigerian referees recently, and has been selected to officiate some of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, but it is surprising he hasn't made the list to Senegal.
CAF announced 10 referees and 13 assistant referees for the tournament, which serves as Africa's qualifiers for the Olympic Games, with the top three teams automatically qualifying to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The fourth best team will however go into a play off to determine if they go through to the games.
Meanwhile, Nigeria is in group B with Algeria, Egypt and Mali.For the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page.