Lagos - As teams prepare for the 2016/2017 Nigeria
Professional Football League (NPFL), Nigerian referees have urged the
organisers, League Management Company (LMC), to pay adequate attention to crowd
control and officiating.
The immediate past President of Nigeria Referees Association
(NRA), Ahmed Maude, who gave the advice on Tuesday in Lagos, said it would
enhance the growth of the competition.
Maude told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) the Shehu
Dikko-led LMC administration should be commended for its innovations in the
“The league has witnessed significant growth which is
obvious to all; with what the LMC is doing currently, it will only keep getting
“The organisers have done a great job which is commendable,
but they need to consistently focus on crowd control and officiating.
“Inadequate crowd control measures and poor officiating
could mar any league but as long as these two are in check, we can be sure that
more fans will come to the stadium to watch matches.
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“We want a league where our stadiums will be full like we
see in foreign leagues; we are on the right path.
“But in all honesty, Shehu Dikko and his lieutenants have
brought so much innovation to the league and the competition is better for
it,’’ Maude said.
The former president added that the NRA was prepared to
officiate without fear or favour in the 2016/2017 season.
“As we speak, three referees are in Tanzania for refresher
courses, so many are training for grade A FIFA License which will further
improve their knowledge of officiating.
“At the finals of Federation Cup, you would have noticed
that we had very young referees officiating and they did superbly well, which
“Officiating will witness a lot of significant development
in the coming season and the NRA is committed to ensuring that,’’ Maude said.
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