NPFL WEEK 2; REFEREES CHARGED NOT TO RELENT IN GOOD OFFICIATING

NPFL WEEK 2; REFEREES CHARGED NOT TO RELENT IN GOOD OFFICIATING
NPFL WEEK 2; REFEREES CHARGED NOT TO RELENT IN GOOD OFFICIATING

NPFL WEEK 2; REFEREES CHARGED NOT TO RELENT IN GOOD OFFICIATING
*Hopeful LMC action will bar clubs against assaulting referees.

Members of the Nigeria Referees Association, NRA involved in the NPFL  have been advised not to be disturbed by the early scare recorded in Jos, Plateau State in the opening games even as the body is optimistic that the decision of the organisers, the League Management Company, LMC, over the last incident shall bar clubs and supporters from harming referees at match venues.

President of the NRA, Otunba Tade Azeez asked the referees to continue their officiating in line with the  17 Laws of the Game and refrain from succumbing to threats and antics of clubs to gain undue favour during matches.

Otunba Tade who said that the NRA is still studying the sanctions handed to Plateau Utd while expecting the full details, especially what is due to the attacked referees,  expressed happiness that the quick action of the LMC has offered ray of hope that any club  found wanting in the area of insecurity concerning referees will not be spared this season. While expressing that he is a President of the living, Otunba Tade disclosed that the association won't allow any of its members be killed because of the desire of teams and owners to win at all cost. 

He pleaded to the club owners and spectators to allow the game grow by not venting their angers on referees when scores at not favourable to their teams. Otunba Tade reassured all that the referees will leave up to expectations in the general desire to move Nigeria domestic league forward adding that the NRA is working in partnership with the NFF Referees Committee to deal decisively with any match official involved in any form of misconduct targeted at bringing the game to disrepute. 

In some of the matches taking place today in Week 2 of the NPFL, retired FIFA referee, Engr Emmanuel Imiere will be on ground to assess the referees led by Olayinka Olajide of Lagos, a FIFA referee,  for the Heartland vs Plateau United of Jos, in Okigwe, Imo State. Other officials are Sunny Atu of Cross River and Dazi Argungu of Kebbi State as Assistant Referee 1 and Assistant Referee 2 respectively. 

In Lagos where MFM  host visiting Kwara United, another experienced hand in the NRA elite referees category and FIFA badged for Futsal soccer,  Paul Umuago of the Delta State council will have on the lines another FIFA referee, Samuel Pwadutakam of Adamawa and Enugu council's Eze Edwin Chikaodili. The National Publicity Secretary of the NRA, Sir Kelechi Mejuobi is the Assessor. 
In the Tornadoes vs Rivers Utd, Borno based Grema Mohd will be at the centre with Adewebi Cletus of Lagos and Ekiti's  Femi Adeniyi on the lines, while Dr Chimezie Udennaka serves as the Fourth Official. The officials are under the supervision of Chairman of the Kano State Referees Council, Mallam Ibrahim Nasiru as Assessor.

Referees on Duty; 
Abia Warriors  vs GO Round 
Abdul A(PL )
Sani B ( BA ), Muyiwa O ( OY )
Umar M ( KN )
Abdulahi Bako ( KD) FIFA Rtd Assessor 

MFM vs Kwara
Umuago P(DT ) FIFA
Samuel P(AD) FIFA , Eze O ( EN )
Zubeiru A (KT)
Sir Kelechi Mejuobi IM Assessor   
 
Heartland vs Plateau
Olajide O ( LG ) FIFA
Atu S ( CR ), Dazi Y  (KB ) Daramola A(EK )
Engr Emma Imiere (ED) 

Tornadoes vs Rivers Utd
Grema Mohd (BO)
Adewebi C (LG), Adeiniyi D (EK) 
Dr Udennaka ( AN) 
Mallam Nasiru KN Assessor 

Ifeanyi Uba vs Nassarawa Utd
Babayo Sanni(GM) 
Winjobi A (LG),Dr Alex Ige (OY)
Nwankwe Ebi Laye (BY)
Yinusa Aliyu ( KD) Assessor 


Kelechi Mejuobi
NPS, NRA