Club officials call for improved officiating in Nigeria Premier League

Thursday 17 April 2014

/ by Colin Udoh

The General Manager of Crown FC, Fatai Olayinka, has asked League Management Company (LMC) officials, to put in more efforts, to ensure the standard of match officiating improves in the Nigeria Premier League.
“People are complaining over some of the match officiating this season, for example the abandoned game between Bayelsa United and El Kanemi. My call to the LMC is to appeal to the match officials to up their game,” Olayinka told Goal.
Paul Aigbogun, the technical adviser of Warri Wolves, also advised LMC, to look into the issue of bad refereeing, if they want the level of the football to get better in Nigeria.
Aigbogun was left unimpressed after Sunshine Stars defeated Warri Wolves 3-2 at the Akure Township Stadium on Sunday, as the officiating left a lot to be desired.
“Those who know me can attest to it that I don’t complain when my team loses but it has got to that stage when we need to cry out. If LMC says we should not talk, then, they have to do something because we cannot continue like this,” Aigbogun said.
“Our football will be worse for it because of what we are seeing now. This is pure rubbish and the Akure team knows that the referee assisted them to win.
“We played better, scored first and they equalised, scored the second goal and another which hit the inside net was ignored before he allowed two offside goals. All stakeholders should rise up and condemn this type of officiating.”

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