The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has named Nigerian referees to handle one of the first round matches of the 2014 Champions League.
The Referees’ Committee of the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) made available the list to newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday. The list also named Nigerian referees to handle one of the African Women Championship qualifying matches.
According to the list, one complete set of Nigerian male referees will handle the second leg match between Al-Ahly Benghazi of Libya and Berekum Chelsea of Ghana. The other set who are female will officiate the second leg match of the African Women Championship (AWC) qualifiers between Ghana and Burkina Faso.
For the Champions League encounter to be played in Libya between the weekend of March 7 and 9, Abubakar Ago will be at the centre to be assisted by Peter Edibi. Abel Baba will be the second Assistant referee, while Henry Ogunyamodi is the fourth official. The AWC qualifier taking place in Ghana between the weekend of Feb. 28 and March 2 will see Folusho Ajayi as the centre referee. The first Assistant referee will be Bosede Momoh with Hulda Nkwocha as the second Assistant referee while Hadiza Musa is the fourth official.
Meanwhile, the Referees Committee of the Nigeria Football Association (NFA), on Wednesday said that the 2014 FIFA Member Association Refereeing Course would hold from April 8 to April 12. The Secretary of the Committee, Sunday Okayi made the disclosure on Wednesday in Abuja.
Okayi said that the world governing body has approved for NFA to hold the course early in the year, contrary to what happened in 2013 when it was held late in the year. “We intend to hold the 2014 course early in the year as against the late date we got in 2013, and we are fortunate that FIFA approved it. This is because of the benefits we have derived from this course since we started holding it has been enormous.
“So, we want it to come early in the year so that the knowledge derived can be used for the rest of the year. We will start preparations in earnest to hold a hitch free course just like 2013 and we are still compiling the names of the participants that will be involved,’’ Okayi said.
The 2013 edition of the course was held in November with 102 participants. According to a letter from FIFA, addressed to NFA’s General-Secretary, Musa Amadu, and made available to newsmen, the course is in the framework of the refereeing assistance programme. “FIFA will therefore appoint a Technical Instructor and Fitness Instructor together with a Referee Development Officer in Abidjan,’’ the letter read.