By Victor Okoye
Abuja (NAN) Participants who ended the 2017 Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Match Commissioners’ Seminar have expressed satisfaction with the content of the presentations by resource person at the training.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the seminar which began on Tuesday in Abuja ended on Thursday, with no fewer than 800 match commissioners from the 36 states and FCT.
Some of the participants told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) as the dispersed on Friday that what they were taught was rich and apt to the duties.
Mr Victor Nwangwu, a Match Commissioner from Anambra, said the content of the various presentations were concise, adding that “this year’s seminar seems to have really hit the nail on its head.
Nwangwu, who is also a member of the Match Committee said: “We keep talking about capacity building in sports development and this is an aspect of it.
“I want to praise one of the resource persons, Dr Christian Emeruwa, who has done so much to keep us up-to-date with our responsibilities as Match Commissioners, especially in a changing world of football.
“He is indeed versed in FIFA reforms being the coordinator of the FIFA Integrity Project, a FIFA Security Committee member as well as the Secretary of NFF Disciplinary Committee.
“The game of football is not static as the rules keep changing every year and so, one must keep pace with recent developments,’’ he said.
Mrs Joy Ikpeama, a Match Commissioner from Plateau said that participants were enlightened on what she described as “the ideal match commissioning’’.
She added that it was indeed a simple concept which had been made more often than not, too complex.
“For instance, when you move up to other climes, especially at higher competitions like FIFA tournaments, the responsibilities are divided.
“There are security officers, media officers and so on. But in Nigeria, the opposite is the case. When you are a Match Commissioner, you are one of all these functions,’’ she said.
Ikpeama, who is also the first female Grade One referee in the state, said that participants were also enlightened about the FIFA Integrity Project.
She said that protection of the integrity of the league could not be overemphasised.
“Some areas covered were the issue of Integrity, Betting, Match fixing, and Security before, during and after matches.
“The emergence of betting and gambling syndicates is becoming a global problem in football.
“Our goal as match commissioners therefore, is to ensure that the epidemic is checkmated here in Nigeria because it is kills football completely,’’ she said.
Dr Isaac Olorunjoba, also a Match Commissioner from Kwara, said the seminar was worth it in every ramification.
“There are so many new things coming up, especially in the area of safety and security which were extensively dealt with during the course of the seminar.
“In fact, we have requested for copies of the presentations in audio/video, so, we can go back from time to time to refresh our memories on all we have learnt.
“We are glad that the organisers have graciously accepted our request.
“I, personally, have gained a lot because there were so many things which as a Match Commissioner I didn’t know before, but now my eyes are opened to them,’’ he said.