John Owan-Enoh, Minister of Sports Development, has expressed displeasure over the non-inclusion of Nigerian referees in the list of match officials for the 2023 AFCON in Cote d’Ivoire.
The minister promised to engage with relevant stakeholders, such as the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and the Nigeria Referees Association (NRA), to reverse the trend.
Enoh noted that without prejudice to the outcome, the development calls for a reflection of the institutional setting within which sports are being administered in the country.
He reiterated his commitment to ensuring that sports thrive in Nigeria to stand tall in the comity of nations.
On Tuesday, CAF unveiled 85 referees, comprising centre referees, assistant referees, VARs, and technical instructors, for the 2023 AFCON, without any Nigerian official included.
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