NPFL Referees Fell Short of Standards, Says Referees’ Association President

NPFL Referees Fell Short of Standards, Says Referees' Association President

As the Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) enters its mid-season break, the President of the Nigeria Referees’ Association (NRA), Hon. Alhaji Sani Zubairu (FIFA Retired), has delivered a mixed assessment of refereeing performances in the first half of the season.NPFL Referees Fell Short of Standards, Says Referees' Association President

While commending the dedication and effort of officials, he has also emphasised the need for improvement, stating that they have not quite met the standards set by the association,Β Footballrover reports.

High Marks for Dedication, Lower Grades for Performance:

Alhaji Zubairu acknowledged the positive contributions of the NRA under his leadership, highlighting their commitment to developing Nigerian football.

He also praised Davidson Owumi, the Chief Operating Officer of the NPFL, for his experience and leadership.

However, when specifically addressing refereeing performance, he fell short of awarding a full pass mark.

Imperfections Acknowledged, Improvement Demanded:

Acknowledging the inherent challenges of human error, Zubairu emphasised the need for continuous improvement and striving for excellence.

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He reminded officials of the rigorous pre-season training provided by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and emphasised their responsibility to deliver top-notch performances.

He pointed out that the 85% score given by the COO fell short of the NRA’s internal standard, which he set at 101%.

Criticisms Addressed, Ethical Conduct Emphasised:

Addressing a number of poorly officiated matches, Zubairu revealed that some officials had been removed from duty.

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He also acknowledged the presence of petitions, accusations from clubs, and concerns about questionable decisions on the field, particularly regarding potential bias.

He urged officials to uphold the highest ethical standards and be worthy ambassadors for the association and the country.

Looking Ahead:

Zubairu emphasised the importance of self-reflection during the mid-season break. He encouraged referees to examine their performances and address any shortcomings.

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He stressed the need to move beyond physical fitness and focus on eliminating questionable calls that raise concerns about bias.

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