Friday, September 24, 2010

Premier League condoles late refs’ families

The Nigeria Premier League (NPL) has said that its heart goes out to the families of the deceased referees, who lost their lives during a Cooper’s test on Wednesday in Abuja organised by Nigerian Referees Association (NRA).
Oyetola Olatunde, a national league referee from Oyo State and Faloye Matthew Bankole, a Premier League referee from Ogun State, slumped and died after completing a 10-lap fitness test.
NPL chairman, Davidson Owumi, expressed sadness over the situation, as he described the referees as important figures in the league system in Nigeria.
He said the death of the two referees is a huge loss to the country’s referees’ body.
“It is a painful occurrence at this time. I pray that God give the families the fortitude to bear these big losses. It is a setback for the whole nation and most especially the referees’ body and the NPL too because these men were part of the league setup.
“We pray that their souls rest in peace because they were men of honour and men who never gave up even during austere times,” Owumi said.

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