Friday, September 18, 2009

200 Refs Set To Officiate In Glo League

Two hundred referees are expected to be named as officials for the 2009/2010 Premier League season, according to the Nigeria Referees Association (NRA).
The president of the NRA, Ahmed Maude, disclosed that 498 referees have been selected to officiate in the coming season in the Globacom Premier League and the National Division I League.
The 498 officials were picked from 600 that attended the cooper (fitness) test inside the Abuja National Stadium for the officiating of the professional leagues for next season.
Maude explained that the referees were conducted through rigorous physical training exercise as well as mental fitness test to ascertain their readiness to handle matches in the Premier League and the lower division.
The names of the referees have since been forwarded to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) ahead of the Premier League, which kicks off on Sunday.
Maude also explained that the 200 referees picked for the Premier League are the best from the physical and mental tests held in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja recently.
“We had 600 referees, who came for the cooper test ahead of the new season and we shortlisted 498 for the two leagues - the Globacom Premier League and the National Division I. So, 200 of these referees would handle the Premier League while the others have been drafted to handle games in the lower division. The referees were picked after a thorough screening exercise that included a seminar and physical sessions,” he said.

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