First Nigerian female referee, Bola Abidoye lauds recent successes in Nigerian football

First Nigerian female referee, Bola Abidoye lauds recent successes in Nigerian football


A former FIFA-badged referee, Bola Abidoye, on Tuesday said
recent successes recorded in Nigerian football indicate a good path to
development and everlasting growth.

Abidoye, who is the Vice-Chairman of Kaduna State Referees
Council stated this in Zaria, Kaduna State that it was heart-warming that
Nigerian football was improving daily.
“Our recent matches at senior level against Cameroon and
Zambia show we have greatly improved.
“It is also gratifying to note that Nigeria is the first
African country to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals.
“These are good indicators of development. So, we must
appreciate the players’ efforts,’’ she said.
Abidoye who was the first Nigerian female referee to be
badged by FIFA however pointed out that women football in Nigeria has also
grown considerably in Nigeria.
“The women are also doing well, if we go back to the
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“So, we must appreciate the fact that Nigerian football has
been growing at all levels, and we should be happy with that,” she said.
Turning to the domestic league, Abidoye said the quality of
the 2016/2017 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) which Plateau United
Football Club of Jos won was another indicator of development.
“There is a big difference now from what used to be some
years back. We are having young and talented players who have the heart to play
the game not for anything other than the good of the game.
“And this is why we have so many of them looking good enough
to play for bigger clubs outside Nigeria.
“Also, a lot of our players are performing well in Europe,
and this means we are surely there.
“To me, we have arrived and we shall bring the FIFA World
Cup to Nigeria one day,”she noted.
Abidoye also said football administration in Nigeria has
improved, with the board members of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) trying
their best to bring in some improvements too.
Speaking about football officiating in Nigeria, Abidoye who
officiated at several times at the continental and global levels said Nigerian
referees have been equal to the task.Related: Ire Aderinokun, Nigeria’s first female Google developer expert

“Because we have many young and talented referees, during
the World Cup qualifying matches some of them officiated and they did very
“None of them was sanctioned, or suspended, while one of
them who went to Egypt came first.
“So, we are very proud of them, and they have been
positively complementing the growth of football in Nigeria and Africa,” she


NANNews source: Vanguard