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By Olaoluwa Aro
Chairman Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Referees Appointment committee, Alhaji Ahmed Yusuf Fresh, has revealed the programmes in place for the first quarter of FIFA fitness test for the year 2017.
As FIFA referees arrive today, Fresh explains the outline of the event “The FIFA referees will have their medical done today which will enable us to know their medical status.”
“All the FIFA referees may not participate due to continental engagements and midweek NPFL fixtures.”
He however revealed that those engaged referees will be given opportunity to do their medical and their running a week after this programme.
The essence of this programme is to work in line with world football governing body calendar as stipulated by FIFA that the fitness test should be done four times in a year; That is, 1st quarter, 2nd quarter, 3rd quarter and 4th quarter.
“I want you all to be diligent, prepare your mind towards the laudable programme by FIFA because as a committee from the NFF, we are ready to make the environment conducive for whoever is participating in this first FIFA fitness test for the year 2017′ he said confidently.
However, there have been a robust relationship between the Nigeria Referees Association, NFF’s referees committee as communication has been effective, “well, let me also inform you all that the Nigeria Referees Association are in tandem with our dreams, innovations, how to build capacity for the participants. We have to follow the procedure of the world’s football governing body FIFA as it aims to help develop referees in sync with what is acceptable globally.”
The vice Chairman of Nigeria Football Federation technical and development committee as well as former grade 1 referee warns that “there won’t be room for impunity. Nigeria cannot afford to present unfit referees at the world stage.”
The three-day fitness test for the year comes up from 21st – 23rd of March 2017 and it involves over 80 referees both centre referees, assistant referees.