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Retired NPFL Referee Joseph Okeke Carpets NRA Over Fitness Test, Calls For State Elections



Retired FIFA Badged Referee, Match commissioner and Businessman, Joseph Okeke has criticized Tade Azeez-led Nigerian Referees Association, NRA for their insensitivity in allowing Nigeria Football Federation, NFF to conduct fitness test for referees despite indemnities of the whistle professionals from last season not being cleared .

Joseph Okeke while speaking in his office in Abuja, made the statement following the announcement by NFF to conduct fitness test for the nation’s referees

“I can’t imagine that Tade Azeez-led board would sit back and allow fitness test to be conducted by Nigeria football federation referee department despite the indemnities of referees, match commissioners from last season not being paid by League Management Company, LMC now interim management Committee, IMC.

The erudite referee further called for a change in leadership structure of the NRA, saying the tenure of the current board at both the state and national levels, have expired

“I am not disappointed that Tade Azeez would have allowed this to happen because of his selfish interest by perpetrating himself in office knowing that his tenure has expired and has refused to call for election at both state and national levels

“It is time for referees to wake up and take back their association, if NRA failed to set machinery in motion for electoral committee to be set up in the next few days and elections to be conducted at both state and national levels,” he concluded

Nigeria referees and match commissioners have not been paid their accumulated indemnities from last season while a fitness test is being conducted for a new season where a referee is expected to pay a minimum of fifteen thousand naira not to to talk of the cost of travelling and other logistics.

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FCT Residents shun FiFa World cup for OteforWealth championship



Resident of FCT weekend shuned the ongoing world cup Games in Qatar but trouped out en mass to cheer their different states participating at the ongoing OTE4Wealth National championship.

The Ote4Wealth Football Tournament holding at the Water FC Stadium, Apo Abuja is in in honour of Diamond Jubilee celebration of Nigeria’s foremost philanthropist and Business mogul, Femi Otedola Femi Otedola who clocked 60 on November 4. 

In matches day two, Bayelsa advanced to the next round of the maiden edition of #Ote4Wealth National Football Tournament on Saturday.

Edo were the victims as Bayelsa humbled them 2-0, with John Raphael registering a brace.

Goals from Zakari John and Biola Brian was the tonic Abia needed to defeat Taraba 2-0.
A superbly taken free kick by Ehiam Akami helped Akwa Ibom pip Ogun 1-0.

Meanwhile, FCT also beat Oyo 1-0. Sani Auwalu was on song for the winning team.
Ajoh Chika’s header settled the game between Ebonyi and Enugu. 

Ekiti and Niger failed to score at the end of regulation. The latter won 4-3 on penalties.

Match Day 2 Results.
Abia 2-0 Taraba 
Nasarawa 0-3 Osun
Cross River 0-0 Kebbi (AP 1-4)
Ondo 0-3 Rivers
Enugu 0-1 Ebonyi
Kogi 0-0 Anambra (AP 4-3)
Akwa Ibom 1-0 Ogun
Katsina 0-3 Bauchi
Zamfara 0-2 Kwara
Ekiti 0-0 Niger (AP 3-4)
Oyo 0-1 FCT
Delta 1-0 Yobe 
Edo 0-2 Bayelsa

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