The World football governing body, FIFA, has presented badges to 29 Nigerian referees. The Public Secretary of the Nigerian Referees Association (NFA), Kelechi Mejuobi, said 22 men and seven women referees were presented with the badges. They are 14 center referees and assistant referees, four futsal referees and four beach soccer referees.

“From the 2017 approved referees, Abubakar Ago – from male football – Hadiza Musa – from female football – and Ushie Micheal – from beach soccer – all retired and have been replaced by three young referees – Abubarka Abdulahi (men’s football), Patience Madu (women’s football) and Olayinka Olajide (beach soccer),” Kelechi said.

“The referees received their FIFA badges from the Nigeria Football Federation officials in Kano and are available to officiate in any continental game – as well as domestic matches.”