Nigerian referees make National League look like primary school football league – Prisons FC coach

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ILORIN – The Head Coach of Prisons Football Club, Zibiri Brown, Sunday said Nigerian referees have made the National League (NNL) to look like a primary school league.

Brown said this in an with the News Agency of (NAN) while reacting to his -based club’s 1-3 loss to Kwara United FC in Ilorin .

He also spoke against the background of his team’s inconclusive last game to Ranchers Bees FC of Kaduna July 19 in .

The coach advised Nigerian referees to step up their game so as to make the second tier of the country’s football league better than it is presently.

“We want the NNL to critically look at referees sent for matches, because some of them always make the league look like a primary school league”

“The NNL is next to the Premier League but they (the referees) have made it look so childish.

“I want to advise the referees to step up their officiating, so we can have a better league,” he said.

Brown said poor officiating had as a consequence affected Nigerian clubs’ performance on the continent, adding “they are not always the best, because the referees secured the ticket for them.


“If you have money, you will get the ticket to go for continental competitions. It is not the better said always ,” he said.

In a reaction, the President of Nigeria Referees Association (NRA), Ahmed Maude, however said the referees were improving gradually, and backed his contention by pointing at the Premier League.

should not use a to referees. Rather, they should look at the entire system. There are lots of quality referees in the country,’’ he said.

The NRA president officiating in the NNL would henceforth be given a serious .

Meanwhile, the Prisons FC coach has praised for his players for their performance against Kwara United FC, and expressed the hope that his club would survive relegation.

He said his team lost to a better team which was having a good day, and showered praises on Kwara United.

NAN reports that a brace in the first half by John Chukwudi and a penalty kick by Lateef Adigun gave Kwara United the win.

The visiting side got their lone goal through an own goal by the hosts’ goalkeeper, Ismaila Shagari.(NAN)