Nigerian referees must meet FIFA standard to officiate international tournaments, says Okubule

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LAGOS – A retired FIFA badged referee, Festus Okubule, on Tuesday said  non-inclusion of Nigerian referees to officiate at finals of FIFA-organised tournaments    a wake- call to meet the required standard.

Okubule told the News Agency of (NAN) Lagos that the FIFA Referee Committee had its records on performances of Nigerian referees handling matches levity.

He, however, said the country had good referees who could handle international competitions if given the to prove mettle. [eap-ad_1] “We have been having this problem Nigerian referees not being included the tournament of the .

“But I can tell you right away that the FIFA Nigerian referees have been officiating the qualifying rounds.

“And in the qualifying rounds they now choose the best referees for the tournament.’’

He noted that if countries such as Gambia, Cote d’Ivoire and South could have referees short-listed to officiate at the tournament, it showed that Nigerian referees had not met the required standards.

“For a referee to be short-listed for a major championship FIFA expects such a referee to have scored not less than 80 per cent in three major matches in a year.

“It is a wake- call for referees to always ensure that they take matches more seriously, because FIFA Referee Committee has its records,’’ he said.

of the nation’ finest referees, Peter Edibi, excluded even after he recommended by the FIFA Referee Committee to officiate at the 2014 .(NAN)