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CAF list four Nigerian referees for World Cup qualifiers

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Four Nigerian referees have been listed to officiate in the on-going African World Cup qualifying round of matches.

According to the statement by the National Publicity Secretary of Nigeria Referees Association (NRA), Kelechi Mejuobi, he said NRA is delighted with the development and it is a sign of good things to come to the country.

 “As the Super Eagles of Nigeria are engaged in the World Cup qualifying games, members of the Nigeria Referees Association, NRA, who are FIFA referees are not also left out,” the statement reads

“In one of the games for this weekend, four international referees of Nigeria extraction; Joseph Ogabor, Samuel Pwadutakam, Mimisen Iyorhe and Quadri Adebimpe are already in Kigali, Rwanda for the Rwanda vs Kenya match.

“Dr Ogabor, a University of Calabar lecturer and household name at the domestic scene is already in Kigali with his refereeing equipment to be at the centre of the field while seasoned linesman from Adamawa Council, Pwadutakam is the Assistant Referee 1 as one of the Confederation of African Football, CAF, women history makers, Iyorhe of the Benue council will again be at the spotlight of African football as the Assistant Referee 2.

“Lagos based Quadri is the Fourth Official in the match a retired FIFA referee from Libya; Sharfeddin Essam Ibrahim and Marcao Jose Fernando of Angola are Assessors and Match Commissioner respectively. The game is at 3pm Nigeria time.”

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The development really excites the NRA and the president had taken out time to wish the members of his team well ahead of the assignment.

“The president of the NRA, Otunba Tade Azeez who is elated by the development on behalf of the association wishes the officiating crew best of luck and journey mercies.”

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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