The president of the Nigeria Referee Association (NRA), Ahmed Maude has declared that the Association is working assiduously towards ensuring that Nigeria Referees officiate at the next FIFA World cup in Russia.
Speaking with newsmen in Brazil, Maude said that they have put a lot of programs in place which he maintained has been producing promising and young Referees for the Nation.
He argued that it is not a thing of joy that no Nigeria Referee is officiating at the Brazil World cup. “Well, I am not so happy that our Referees are not officiating at this World cup and we are not just sitting down doing nothing about it. We have put structures in place to see how more qualified Referee capable of officiating at major football tournaments would be produce. It is just a matter of time, we shall get it right, just be patient with us,” Maude said.
“Though, my tenure as NRA President will come to an end next year but I can tell you that whoever will take over from me will continue in the good work to produce more qualified Referees for the Nation.
As you can see now the program is already yielding result as we now have young Referees officiating in the Nigeria Premier League and they are doing well,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Referee boss has extolled the performances of the Referees officiating at the ongoing FIFA World cup in Brazil despite the seeming mistake that have been made by some of them.
He stressed that the fact that some Referees made some mistake should not be taken to mean that the performances of the Referees whom he said are given their best to ensure that the matches go smoothly are bad.
“I think the Referees are doing so well at the World cup and they should be praised for doing a good job and not condemned. It is not easy to hit 100 percent performance in officiating matches, so if a Referee gets 70 percent I think he deserves to be praised. Mistakes are unavoidable in this business,”