Carlos Henriques, FIFA Referee Development Officer, has called on
Nigerian referees to forget about World Cup officiating ambition for
Henriques gave the advice in an interview with NAN in Abuja on Friday.
He advised them to concentrate more on how to secure the Africa Cup of
Nations (AFCON) slots.
Henriques said that the Nigerian referees needed all the support they
could get to earn a World Cup slot.
“I think before you start thinking of the World Cup, you have to start
thinking of the Africa Cup of Nations.
“Let’s start working, thinking to produce referees to represent Nigeria at
the continental competitions; that is our main goal.
“After they start, and be part of the continental of referees, definitely the
chances are there for the World Cup.
“They have to wake up like everyone else; everybody has a chance,
provided they work hard. They have to work hard, and working hard is
not just going out there and work hard.
“They have to work hard in all fields, especially in achieving a high level
of fitness as well as the way they manage and approach players.
“So, this is all part of training that the referee has to be subjected to; it’s
not easy to be a referee.”
According to him, there are no much challenges that will stop Nigerian
referees from achieving this target since they have a very good team of
referees’ instructors in the country.
He said that the calibre of CAF and NFA referee instructor like Linus
Mba, could give the referees all they needed to excel in the job.
NAN reports that Henriques, Lim Kee-Chong from Mauritius, a former
FIFA referee, and Mark Ephraim Nzengo from Malawi, are the FIFA
instructors at the ongoing “FIFA Member Association Elite Referees
The course, which began on May 25 in Abuja, would end on May 29.