5 referees fail FIFA test

Written by: Seye Tomori


Five Nigerian male football referees have reportedly failed the FIFA Physical Fitness Test held at National stadium Abuja on Saturday.

The 5 are among the 16 ungraded FIFA referees invited by the Nigeria Referees Association (NRA) for upgrade.

The 16 consists of seven male and nine female ungraded referees.

Mr. Emmanuel Imiere, an instructor, who refused to mention the names of the referees, told NAN that five of them did not get to be listed as FIFA badge referees.

“This is the first set of non-badge referees that will take this test and it is not easy but some of them didn’t take it serious.

“About fifty per cent of them passed the test and I am happy for the invited female referees because all of them passed.

“Five out of the seven invited male referees failed the test and they will wait till next year for another opportunity.”

“They can come in November for another test for them to qualify to officiate in the national league, but as an international referee, no,” he said.

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