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Sunday, 11 September 2016

5 Nigerian referees fail FIFA test

Five Nigerian male football referees have failed the FIFA Physical Fitness Test held at the main bowl of the National stadium Abuja on Saturday.

The match officials are among the 16 ungraded FIFA referees invited by the Nigeria Referees Association (NRA) for possible upgrade.
Seven male and nine female ungraded referees were invited for the test, out of which five male failed.
Emmanuel Imiere, an instructor at the programme, who declined to mention the names of the referees, told NAN that five of them had missed the opportunity of being listed as FIFA badge referees.
“This is the first set of non-badge referees that will take this test and it is not easy but some of them didn’t take it seriously,” he said.
“About fifty per cent of them passed the test and I am happy for the invited female referees because all of them passed. Five out of the seven invited male referees failed the test and they will wait till next year for another opportunity.
“They can come in November for another test for them to qualify to officiate in the national league, but as an international referee, no.”
He also said that 20 out of the 28 FIFA-graded referees failed to submit their Electrocardiogram (ECG) report, which made the FIFA Physical Fitness Test inconclusive.
“Their own is a medical matter; they did not come with their Electrocardiogram (ECG) report, which is a prerequisite to participate in the fitness test.
“If the medical team did not certify them medically fit, they won’t participate in the programme and until they submit their ECG report, they won’t participate in the fitness test. That is why we have given them two weeks to come back for the fitness test.
“ECG has to do with the heart and if that report says no, we can’t allow such person to participate because we don’t want a referee to collapse on the field of play.
“It will be an embarrassment to FIFA and CAF; so we have told them to go back and get their ECG report before they can participate.”
Imiere, who is a retired referee, pointed out that Nigeria has until October 2 to submit the list of successful referees to FIFA.

(The Cable)