The Nigeria Football Federation today has aired a powerful message and warning to all of the officials who would be assigned for matches in the 2017 FA Cup now branded as the AITEO Cup competition which starts on Wednesday to conduct themselves creditably or have their names permanently get delisted.
Chairman of the NFF Referees Committee, Alhaji Ahmed Yusuf, at the end of the committee’s meeting in Abuja on Monday (Today) spoke through the NFF official website; thenff.com that any referee found wanting would not only have their job taken from them but could also face the wrath of the law.
Alhaji Yusuf stated, “The NFF Referees Committee has decided to go tough on erring referees. For several years, we worked very hard to try and get sponsors for the oldest football competition in this country, but could not for one reason or the other. Now that we have one in AITEO, we will do everything humanly possible to guard that relationship jealously."
He also went further to state that, “Any referee found to be involved in any shenanigan, or deemed to be outright incompetent or mischievous, will be summarily dealt with.
We are tired of complaints about referees. We are ready to throw out as many as are found culpable, and will be ready to have only few competent and self –respecting persons take charge of matches,”
On the issue of appointing match officials for the competition, Alhaji Yusuf said, “Only the FIFA referees and elite referees would be involved. No National League or Nationwide League officials. We want the best arbiters available to take care of the matches and give credibility to the competition.
“The glamour of this much loved competition must return in full force and in even greater glory.”
This for sure is an emphatic statement from the NFF, as we are all set for the AITEO Cup viod of any controversies.