VAR in Nigeria Premier League? NRA are Jokers – Nigerians

VAR in Nigeria Premier League? NRA are Jokers - Nigerians

Many Nigerians have expressed skepticism about the potential introduction of Video Assistant Referee (VAR) into the Nigeria Premier Football League this season, considering it a significant challenge.VAR in Nigeria Premier League? NRA are Jokers - Nigerians

The President of the Nigerian Referees Association (NRA), Sanni Zubair, has announced plans to implement VAR in the NPFL, starting from the 2023/24 campaign.

Zubair disclosed this in a statement on Monday, emphasizing that the introduction of VAR aims to enhance referees’ performance.

Zubair also mentioned that a majority of the league matches will be live-streamed using newly acquired AI cameras.

In his own words, he stated;

There are talks around it. We thought we would have got it this time around but maybe before the start of the league or when the league is on. I know they are working towards it and we are aware of that and since we are going to be having our matches streamed live.”

This announcement has sparked considerable controversy on social media, with numerous NPFL fans and analysts sharing their opinions.

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Prominent journalist and NPFL commentator, Mike ThePundit, emphasized that VAR requires a minimum of six camera angles to function effectively.

He pointed out the limitations of the NPFL24 cameras, saying;

The single camera for the NPFL24 has only wide angle and maybe a second angle with no proper close shot. NRA are jokers, I laugh.”

Adepoju Tobi Samuel, the football director of Ikorodu City FC, took a more reserved stance, stating;

I will not say anything for now. I will wait to see the plans materialize.”

It’s worth noting that only three stadiums in Nigeria currently have VAR facilities:

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1. Lekan Salami Stadium, Ibadan.
2. Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin.
3. Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo.

This raises questions about how they will realize the dream of implementing VAR for NPFL games across all stadiums.

Meanwhile, the new season is set to kick off on Saturday, with the opening fixture featuring 3SC and Plateau United in Ibadan.

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