NIGERIA’S FORMER DIRECTOR GENERAL, PAT EKEJI WANTS VAR ABOLISHED

Ahead of Tuesday’s meeting of CAF Emergency Committee, to decide on the Friday’s CAF Champions League final match which ended controversially owing to non-availability of functional VAR, a former Nigerian international, Dr. Patrick Ekeji has called for the review of use of VAR in football matches.

Last Friday, the goal was scored by Morocco’s Wydad Athletic of Casablanca against Esperance of Tunisia was cancelled by the referee on account that the scorer was in offside position.

The Moroccans demanded for a VAR review which was not available leading to controversial end of the match.

Ekeji, who rose to become the director general at the Nigerian ministry of sports remarked in a chat with www.sportsvillagesquare.com that VAR disrupts the flow of the game.

“Much as VAR is now part of the game, in my opinion right from when it was undergoing trial runs, it runs-off the unpredictability in the game.

“The beautiful game” is supposed to flow for the period as allowed by its Laws but these days that flow could be truncated by ” a quick ” reference to VAR.

“Well as I predicted, VAR is going to stall this sport in the near future. So a CAF Champion was “awarded” so how has this added value to the championship?

“VAR will not, in my opinion, improve refereeing. FIFA should rather design more and better performance-improvement trainings that would reduce the human angle errors by Referees”, remarked Pat Ekeji.